Never miss a story: Get the FOX 61 app for breaking news alerts

‘In a heartbeat’ cardiac arrest can change lives

mike-papale

WALLINGFORD — Mike Papale is a cardiac arrest survivor.  He went into cardiac arrest when he was just 17-years-old in 2006. A man gave him CPR,, saving his life and brain until EMT’s came with an Automated External Defibrillator to shock his heart back to a normal rhythm.

“Without an AED, my changes of survival were one in a million,” Papale said.

Last year, Papale started his own non-profit foundation called In A Heartbeat.  Their mission is to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.  They buy and donate Automated External Defibrillators and raise money for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy research.

On September 27, a golf tournament at the Wallingford Country Club will raise money for the foundation. You can learn more here.