Aug 23, 2023
Florida ATC credits support staff in live-saving cardiac arrest event

A Florida athletic trainer, along with a team of other medical professionals, saved the life of a high school football player who suffered a cardiac arrest last weekend.

Frank Millan, the head athletic trainer of American Heritage School in Miami-Dade County, Florida, credited the support of his assistant athletic trainer Nicholle-Christine Galletti as well as paramedics Bobby Curtis and Alex Arias, and physician’s assistant Javier Ditas.

cardiac arrestA recent story from detailed the events that took place during the Miami-Dade County football game.

Below is an excerpt from the story.

“We did a lot of these scenarios and you prepare for the worst and you hope for the best and when that worst does show up — you are ready,” Millan said about helping to save Timothy “Tim” Burroughs-Love’s life on Friday night.

Danisha Rolle said her 17-year-old godson was on the sideline when he suffered a seizure during the first quarter of a preseason game against Booker T. Washington Senior High School at Miami Dade College’s Traz Powell Stadium.

Rolle said the team’s effort had “made all of the difference … administering CPR immediately when they saw him go down and noticed he wasn’t breathing. The time it took for them to get his clothes cut off of him, the pads cut off of him, and then the AED machine to shock him.”

The training staff from Booker T. Washington Senior High School also stepped in. Millan said the number one cause of death in young athletes is sudden cardiac arrest, so having an AED machine is important.

“Being able to assess what’s going on, how quickly and determining that care can actually decide an outcome and save a life,” Millan said.

To read the full story from the story, click here. 

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