GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Parents, coaches, teachers and others are invited to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park next week to learn life-saving techniques for young athletes suffering from heart problems.
"Wes Leonard Sudden Cardiac Arrest Symposium: What Parents, Coaches and Educators Need To Know" will begin at 6:30 p.m. on May 1. Pediatric electrophysiologist Christopher Ratnasamy, MD, will explain the risk factors and when students should be screened. Visitors will also learn how to respond to a cardiac emergency, including proper CPR techniques and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
It’s been three years since Fennville High School basketball star Wes Leonard collapsed on the court after making a game-winning shot. He died from an enlarged heart. The Wes Leonard Heart Team, formed after his death, with a goal to save other students’ lives by ensuring all Michigan schools are equipped with AEDs.