Case Studies

Following are examples of people throughout the world who owe their lives to Defibtech Lifeline and ReviveR AEDs and the quick thinking people who used them.

Hartsville YMCA | Hartsville, SC

The first reported save with a Defibtech AED occurred at the Hartsville YMCA in South Carolina, where a member collapsed during a workout. Another YMCA member was able to successfully rescue the victim despite never having been trained on the Lifeline AED. This YMCA location had purchased the AED only weeks prior to the rescue. They had previously not owned an AED because they could not afford one.

Investment Firm | Dallas, TX

A middle-aged employee at the firm suddenly fell backwards in his office, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Coworkers called 911 and retrieved the company’s ReviveR AED. One shock was delivered and a full cycle of CPR was performed. By the time EMS arrived, the man’s heartbeat had been restored and he was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Trans International | Milwaukee, WI

A man working in his cubicle at Trans International suddenly fell to the floor from cardiac arrest. Colleagues witnessed the collapse and called 911 and retrieved the ReviveR AED. The shock revived the employee, who returned to work within 10 days of the event.

Renaissance Club Sport | Walnut Creek, CA

In the span of just two weeks, this health club used its Defibtech AED twice and saved the lives of two members, 45 and 62 years old.

ARTCO/ADM | Illinois River, IL

A Lifeline AED saved the life of a towboat worker on the Illinois River. The towboat was equipped with a Lifeline AED thanks to the efforts of a distributor who turned to selling Lifeline AEDs after the loss of his 19-year-old daughter to sudden cardiac arrest.

Church | Galmoy, Ireland

A Lifeline AED was used to save the life of a man who collapsed in a church in Galmoy, Ireland, minutes before a funeral service he was attending. The unit shocked the man, who was then rushed to the hospital, where he made a good recovery. The AED had been recently purchased through fundraising efforts of two parishioners.

Cypress Creek YMCA | Houston, TX

A 54-year old man collapsed on the racquetball court. The ReviveR AED was quickly retrieved and a shock was administered. He was conscious when EMS arrived and has since made a full recovery.

Hurricane Creek Country Club | Dallas, TX

A middle-aged man with no history of heart trouble was on the 18th hole of the golf course when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. Members of his foursome called 911 with a cell phone and contacted the clubhouse. Someone from the club shop brought the Defibtech AED to the victim. The first shock — delivered within a few minutes of his collapse — revived him long before EMS arrived.

Patrol Cars | Union County, NC

A Hickory mother and her two kids were on their way to Myrtle Beach over the weekend when she went into cardiac arrest while traveling through Union County. Her 18-year-old son got her out of the car and that’s when a nurse from Myrtle Beach driving to Charlotte saw them on the side of the road. She stopped to help and administer CPR.

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ABC 13 Showcase | Toledo, OH

If you're ever in the position to help save a life with CPR and the use of an AED or Automated External Defibrillator it's important to know how to use one.

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Planet Fitness | Vestavia Hills, AL

April 9 was supposed to be a normal visit to the gym for UAB Hospital physician, Dr. Swati Gulati. She had a busy day and planned to run on the treadmill at Planet Fitness in Vestavia Hills.

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YMCA Camp Copneconic | Fenton, MI

The staff at Camp Copneconic spent last week training their new counselors on what to do during various types of emergencies.

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Union High School | Rose Hill, NC

A father rushes to the rescue to save his son who collapsed on a basketball court.

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5K | Wallingford, CT

On Sunday, June 3, In A Heartbeat hosted their first-ever 5K Road Race. The race turned out to be a huge success with 293 registered participants.

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Fire and Rescue | Courtland Township, MI

It’s a life-saving technique being made even better by technology. A new automated CPR machine is taking the place of manual compressions, and this weekend it helped save a life in Kent County.

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Killarney, Ontario, Canada

Thanks to Killarney municipal staff and local citizens, and the automatic external defibrillator (AEDs) supplied through the Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board program (funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and placed in the community building by the municipality of Killarney), a local resident was saved after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

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Phone Box | Llantwit Major, Wales

Llantwit Major resident Elenid Carlig explained that the arrival of the vital lifesaving equipment was taking place, in part, to pure chance.

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Main Street | Wexford, Ireland

Two hero pharmacy workers helped save the life of a man who collapsed with a cardiac arrest.

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Zumba Class | Marquette, MI

One Northern Michigan University women’s golfer woke up on the morning of Friday, Jan. 26, anticipating a day just like any other. By mid-afternoon, senior Avery Rochester (Marquette, Mich.) had learned lessons that only experience can teach.

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Gym | United States

Ian Davies went to the gym like any other day and started his workout on the treadmill like always. Except, this workout wouldn’t be like any other workout Ian had done in his life. Sadly, during this workout, Ian fell victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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School | Israel

Defibtech’s exclusive distributor for Israel and Palestine has reported that pupils at a school saved the life of their teacher with a Lifeline AED.

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Alton Memorial Hospital | Alton, IL

Thanks to the generosity of others, the DefibTech Lifeline Arm automated CPR device is now available on all Alton Memorial Hospital ambulances.

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Patrol Cars | McCammon, ID

Idaho State Police Trooper Spencer Knudsen responded to a triple fatality head-on collision on Father’s Day that was so horrific a member of the Bannock County Search and Rescue team almost died at the scene after suffering a massive heart attack.

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Monmouth Beach, NJ

The manager at a beach in New Jersey recently saved a man who stopped breathing.

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Mercer Oaks Golf Course | West Windsor Township, NJ

A man’s day at the golf course ended with him brought back from the brink of death. He suffered a heart attack but luckily others were there to help.

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Peel Regional Paramedic Services | Ontario, Canada

Working with the Peel Regional Paramedic Services, DDC will design, prototype and test an AED drone delivery solution using its own logistic platform. DDC will fund the initiative, which will be focused on “a customized solution that includes a depot-to-depot emergency response solution.”

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Comox Valley, Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada

More and more businesses in the Comox Valley are adding AEDs into their workspace. Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner says the Automatic External Defibrillators have many advantages and can save lives.

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Cologne, Germany

Airlines should carry more medical equipment for dealing with in-flight cardiac arrests, say doctors.

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CrossFit Gym | New York, NY

On February 12, 2017, health and fitness expert Bob Harper was working out at a gym when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest. His chance of survival was only SIX percent.

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Police Cruisers | Grand Rapids, MI

Every Kent County Sheriff’s Department cruiser is now equipped with a tool credited with increasing cardiac arrest survival rates.

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Soccer Field | Glenwood, Australia

The crush of a crowd, the quiet of a home, or the thrill of a junior-league soccer final — a sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere and at any time.

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Southbury Ambulance Association | Southbury, CT

Technological innovations permeate today’s world, impacting how work is done. The world of Emergency Medical Services is no exception. Always striving to provide the most up to date equipment, Southbury Ambulance Association (SAA) purchased the Lifeline ARM device which is manufactured here in Connecticut.

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Chili's Restaurant Bar & Grill | East Haven, CT

On Jan. 31, nursing student Christine Fitzgerald was sitting at a corner table in Chili’s Restaurant Bar & Grill eating dinner before her shift as a server started. Across the restaurant, medical student Tariana Ortega was eating dinner with her children.

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Neighborhood Street | Samford Valley, Queensland, Australia

Di Wilschefski and Julie Ledden were walking their regular route on Serendipity Drive at Samford, northwest of Brisbane, when a conversation about guardian angels came to an abrupt halt as Di was struck down by a sudden cardiac arrest.

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Corner Canyon High School | Draper, UT

As the old adage goes, when the time to act arrives, the time to prepare has passed. No one knows this better than 14-year-old Porter Lewis, a student at Corner Canyon High School, and the school administrators and staff that may well have saved his life.

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Donovan Catholic High School | Lakewood, NJ

The right people with the right equipment saved the life of a young athlete in New Jersey.

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Ball Field | Portsmouth, NH

One cop didn’t mention he saved a man’s life from a heart attack while he was off-duty and out of the state, but police chief David Mara found out when a letter of thanks arrived at the station from a witness.

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Herricks Middle School | Long Island, NY

Sanketh Kumar was finishing his first warmup lap around the track in phys. ed. last month when he suddenly collapsed. He may not remember much, but the teachers at Herricks Middle School in New Hyde Park, Long Island, who are being hailed heroes, could tell you everything. In a matter of seconds, he took a turn for the worse. His heart stopped beating.

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Creek Valley Middle School | Carrollton, TX

Joe Marquez showed News 8 a chart that displays when his daughter Amanda’s heart stopped.

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Hockey Field | Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

KINGSWOOD father Mark Hooper was taking a well-earned spell during his regular Saturday hockey game late last month.

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Lambeau Field | De Pere, WI

After a close call with their young daughter, a Ledgeview family is doing everything it can to make sure people in our community know how to do CPR and how to operate an automatic external defibrillator, or AED.

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Emporia Recreation Center | Emporia, KS

A perfect storm happened on Thursday, June 2, at the Emporia Recreation Center. A group of men were playing pingpong in the community room, when one of them suddenly collapsed.

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Neighborhood Street | Rocky Hill, CT

The stars were aligned for Francine Lavigne-Teague on April 29, 2016. Riding along Elm Street with her husband Bill on a routine trip to CVS shortly before noontime, she began complaining of chest pains. Suddenly, at the Cromwell Avenue intersection, she went into full cardiac arrest.

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Blue Moon Fitness | Omaha, NE

David Steinhauser is a survivor; He’s lucky to be alive after suffering a serious heart attack.

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Phonebox | Loweswater, UK

Loweswater’s phonebox is the 3,000th to be adopted in the UK and has been fitted with defibrillator equipment, which can help save the lives of heart attack victims.

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Football Field | Dublin, Ireland

Last weekend, while in Dublin for the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations, I took a moment to appreciate my surroundings and, most pertinently, for the life I still have right now.

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Samuel – Doral Steel | Toledo, OH

A Friday morning started the same for Thomas Dipman who works at Doral Steel in Toledo until around 11 a.m. when he went into sudden cardiac arrest.

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Performing Arts Center | Medina, OH

A motivational speaker who delivers life-saving messages suddenly needed saving of his own.

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Metropolitan Utilities District Office | Bellevue, NE

A Bellevue woman is alive today because of her prepared coworkers and their quick-thinking actions.

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Football Field | Rathcline, Ireland

Young Leitrim footballer Alan McTigue is making a good recovery after the Drumshanbo man’s life was saved by the quick-thinking actions of medical personnel last Saturday afternoon.

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Edison High School | Edison, NJ

Tim Root was sitting at an Edison boys freshman basketball game on Tuesday afternoon in his usual spot - courtside, next to the Edison bench - when the highly unusual happened. A visiting player from Colonia collapsed mid-play on the court.

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Vernon County Police | Kickapoo River Valley, Ontario, Canada

It started like any other bike ride through the Driftless Region. But it quickly took a wrong turn when a biker suddenly collapsed near Ontario. But together with his friends and first responders, he’s on the road to recovery.

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Formosa Emergency Management | Victoria, TX

On Wednesday, July 22nd we reported that Ruben Alvarez was found unconscious in his forklift. He had a cardiac arrest while driving and ran into a dumpster, the Formosa Emergency Management Team took action immediately to help save Alvarez Juan Cobos, a Formosa Emergency Response team professional describes the equipment used to help resuscitate Ruben Alvarez after he had a cardiac arrest.

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Prolete Physical Therapy and New Haven Rheumatology | Milford, CT

Meet Sean Hitchcock, 53. He’s only alive today because numerous people did everything perfectly and brought him back to life after his heart stopped for up to 10 minutes the day prior to Thanksgiving.

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Prolete Physical Therapy and New Haven Rheumatology Thank You Letter | Milford, CT

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Office | Parma, OH

January 14 is a day 59-year-old Eileen Horning will never forget. She said everything was going fine at work, but when she came back from lunch – something changed. “I sat down, went to type a message and all of a sudden I felt funny, I thought ‘oh my God’, and I pushed myself away from the desk,” she said.

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Community Hall | Skibbereen, Ireland

AFTER choir practice, Denise Hickey walked into the main community hall in Durrus, where her dad, Frank, had been playing badminton, and saw him stretched out on the floor receiving CPR.

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Jackson Skating Center | Jackson, NJ

It’s a typical scene at the Jackson Skating Center on Friday nights: crowds of teenagers whiz around the skating rink to the steady beat of loud music. But for Victoria Pyott, it’s where her life changed forever. The 15-year-old, who has a pacemaker because of a heart condition, had just arrived with her dad on a recent Friday night when things went terribly wrong.

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Huntersville Park | Huntersville, NC

Some Good Samaritans saved a man’s life at a Huntersville park Thursday using an automated external defibrillator put in place by a man who lost his 8-year-old daughter to a heart disease.

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Shopping Center | Havířov, Czech Republic

Employees of the shopping center in Havířov saved a customer who collapsed his life. Even before the arrival of the ambulance service, they used a defibrillator and began resuscitation.

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Patrol Car | Union County, NC

A Hickory mother and her two kids were on their way to Myrtle Beach over the weekend when she went into cardiac arrest while traveling through Union County.

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