MANCHESTER — When the Manchester Knights and CT Knights youth sports program accept a special donation next week, they’ll be receiving the first of hopefully many life-saving machines from a new Connecticut charity.
Knights leaders, including President Christine Burkhard and Vice President Tylon Smith, will receive an AED machine Tuesday evening from In A Heartbeat, a Wallingford-based charity dedicated to raising awareness of life-threatening heart conditions.
An AED, short for automated external defibrillator, is a portable electronic device designed to help someone suffering from heart failure or cardiac arrest. The machine sends shock pulses to the recipient’s heart and can restart it.
Mike Papale, who started the charity last year, said Tuesday’s donation to the Knights will be the charity’s first. Its second donation comes the next day in Wallingford.
In A Heartbeat is meant to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening condition that causes heart muscles to grow too thick. The latter condition, known as HCM, is the most common cause of heart-related sudden death in young athletes and other people under 30 and can often go undetected, according to the charity’s website.
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– Journal Inquirer