It was a celebration of life at the University High School Senior Night basketball game on Friday, February 24, 2017. The Illinois Heart & Lung Foundation was honored to be in attendance at such a meaningful event for the Bates-Diop family.

After suffering a cardiac arrest on February 9th, Kai Bates-Diop was on hand to watch his basketball team play Pontiac High School. The night also honored those who saved Kai’s life during his cardiac emergency. When Kai collapsed at practice on Feb. 9. U High’s athletic training staff of Maddie Biehl, Emily Martz, Stephanie Stephens and Richard Leon performed CPR and used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to revive him. The immediate response undoubtedly saved Kai’s life. Click here for the article.

IHLF knows the importance of having an accessible AED in the event of a cardiac emergency. It literally can mean the difference between life and death for those suffering cardiac arrest. While our Operation Revive program places, and registers, AEDs in the community, we are also a PulsePoint Respond agency.

PulsePoint is an App to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship. Where adopted, PulsePoint Respond empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. If a cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application (the App installed on your phone) directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

As a PulsePoint Respond agency, we are working to register AEDs in the community. If you would like to assist us in our registration, or would like more information, please contact Kathi Franklin at [email protected]. The AED you find and use, could save a life.