Chicago native Elizabeth Pearlman was taking part in aconditioning drill with her collegebasketball team last October whenshe collapsed.If an automated external defibrillator — an AED is a portabledevice that can detect cardiac arrhythmias and shock the heart backinto rhythm — hadn’t been available, she likely would have died.Pearlman hopes that by sharing her story she might raise awareness— and ultimately help save others.“It was the first day of practice,” the Aurora University seniorsaid. “At the end of practice, we were doing sprints. On the lastsprint, I suddenly felt like I had to stop running. Did I feelfaint? No. I just knew that I didn’t feel right. The next thing Isaw was the floor coming to my face.”Fortunately, Aurora head athletic trainer Terry Smith was at thepractice. He saw Pearlman go down. Was she just tired? He doubtedthat. He sensed something was wrong, and went directly over to her.He saw that she was having a hard time breathing and washyperventilating. Then he saw her eyes roll back in her head.“It went downhill real quick,” Smith said.He told one coach to call 911, and told another to get an AED.He immediately began performing CPR. But Pearlman didn’t respond tothe CPR. Smith had… Read full this story
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