“High School Volleyball Player Saved by AED!” A Life Saving Program for Schools…

by | Feb 6, 2016


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Children’s Health Care of Atlanta

https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensHealthcareofAtlanta/videos/10153871515603186/  Click here for this powerful and life saving video clip of teen collapsing and being saved from cardiac arrest!

Just 17 years old, Claire went into sudden cardiac arrest during a volleyball game. Fortunately, through Project S.A.V.E., her school’s staff had been trained to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)—and saved her life. This Heart Month, we hope this video will inspire you to become CPR and AED certified. You could save a life. [Warning: Video contains graphic imagery.]

Quote from above FB post…

“By now, you’ve likely seen our video of a high school senior who suffered cardiac arrest on a volleyball court. In this blog post, the woman who administered the life-saving shock describes the intense 269 seconds between collapse and revival—and the key actions that saved a life.’

Quote from my daughter, Bianca.

“This hits too close to home for my family and also one of my very close friends, Tonya Poston Woods. Our daughters grew up together & were always very active and involved in high school sports. By chance, within a year apart, we found out they both had CHD and had to have heart surgery. Crazy coincidence! Unimaginable to think what happened in this video could have easily been either one of our girls. February is heart awareness month & wanted to share this important message for parents & schools. Tough to watch.”   ‪#‎heartmom‬

Project S.A.V.E.
Project S.A.V.E.

A Lifesaving Program for Schools

Project SAVE abbreviationProject S.A.V.E. was created to educate school systems and doctors about pediatric sudden cardiac arrest.

We hope to raise awareness about the frequency of sudden cardiac arrest, possible early warning signs and the need for a timely response.


  • Project SAVEPediatric sudden cardiac death happens without warning.
  • The sudden loss of heart function affects 600 to 1,000 children and adolescents, in addition to 350,000 adults, every year in the United States. 
  • During the past five school years, at least 15 students and 12 adults have died from probable sudden cardiac arrest in Georgia schools.

Support Us

You can help save a life. Your donation to Project S.A.V.E. will help fund CPR and AED training materials used for HeartSafe certifications across the state.

Contact Us

Contact Richard Lamphier, R.N., Clinical Program Manager of Project S.A.V.E., at 404-785-7201 for more information.


Life stood still for weeks after we received the phone call from our Daughter, Bianca.  We dropped everything, and left our life in Depoe Bay, Oregon for Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Our beautiful loving and sweet granddaughter, Jordan, was having emergency heart surgery in a few days!  We are very fortunate as a family to know today that Jordan is well and off to college to prepare for an exciting and profoundly meaningful life ahead!  She will no doubt make a loving  and spiritual difference for countless others.  We are so thankful and blessed,.. We love you so much, Jordan!

Steve and Judy Sparks aka…

“Grandpo & Grandma Judy”

Please learn more about Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) by clicking on the highlighted text below the image above…



About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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