Children's Hospital Colorado

Teen Advocates for Defibrillators in Schools after Heart Attack

9News | February 03, 2016
Kaine Greathouse (left) stands with Dr. Martin Runciman, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital Colorado
Kaine Greathouse (left) stands with Dr. Martin Runciman, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital Colorado

During an eighth grade wrestling match in 2015, Kaine Greathouse had a heart attack. CPR and an automatic external defibrillator (AED) saved his life, and one year later, Kaine is CPR-certified and advocating for all schools to have an AED onsite.

One teen's mission to help save lives

“If somebody is having a cardiac arrest, put this on their chest, press the button and it gives the heart a shock and shocks them back into a normal rhythm,” said Dr. Martin Runciman, pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

"I'm very thankful because I know that some kids haven't made it through this and they don't get to celebrate the rest of life," Said Kaine. When Kaine grows up, he aspires to be an EMT so he can help save lives.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Heart Institute and the South Metro Safety Foundation plan to donate 40 AEDs to local schools in 2016.


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