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Local Teen Saved by AED device

AED Saves Teen's Life

PEYTON, Colo. - No one could have predicted it.

Kaine Greathouse was a natural: Kenpo, jiu-jitsu, baseball, wrestling.  He had the athletic “it” factor.

"He was always in great shape, and the reason I got him into wrestling was he looked like a wrestler, and I knew he'd be good at it.  For his size and weight ratio, he was really strong," Kyle Greathouse, Kaine’s father, said.

March 5th, 2015, Falcon Middle School.

Kaine was ready.  Wrestling season was wrapping up, and his skills were sharp.

The 13-year-old approached his opponent, poised to win.

No more than 20 seconds into the match, he was an easy pin.  Too easy.

Kaine’s arms were limp.  He had no movement.

“He just fell over.  Like the kid pushed him down real hard," said Kaine’s mom, Amie, who initially thought he dislocated his shoulder.

Amie’s dad was the first to question what was actually happening.

She ran to her son, who lay lifeless on the mat. Kaine was laboring, as though he couldn’t breathe.

Witnesses started CPR.  The school’s vice principal ran for an AED.

Four minutes later, Kaine was given shocks that saved his life.

“There are two things that allowed Kaine to be alive today: one, as soon as he collapsed, someone started CPR on him, and there was an AED nearby,” said Dr. Martin Runciman, the pediatric cardiologist who treated Kaine at Children’s Colorado, Southern Colorado.

It took three days for Kaine to emerge from a medically-induced coma, following his cardiac arrest.

"I woke up in the hospital, and my mom showed me the video, and I'm like, 'Did that actually happen?’” remembered Kaine.  “I’m just really glad that it happened the way it did.  If it were to happen in my old school, we didn't have an AED at the time.”

It was only later, that he would be diagnosed with Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia or CPVT. It’s only detectable through a genetic blood block test.

“An EKG will not show it,” said Dr. Runciman.  “When you get a lot of adrenaline on board, for instance, when you are in the middle of a wrestling game, it can trigger a very dangerous rhythm.”

Dr. Runciman implanted an internal cardiac defibrillator into Kaine’s heart, which, will shock his heart back into normal rhythm if his heart beat becomes irregular.

“I take my life really seriously now that I know how valuable life is,” said Kaine.



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