MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WNDU) – A family has been struggling to get more AEDs to LaPorte County since their 12-year-old Colton Davis tragically died after suffering cardiac arrest on his way to the hospital in 2019.
16 News Now tells us how they turned this tragedy into an opportunity to prevent this from affecting more families.
Brett and Erin Davis say they want people to be aware of a few things. Be aware of undiagnosed heart problems that could affect your child. Find out about resources in your community in case someone you know has cardiac arrest. And are aware of the opportunities to get CPR and AED certification so you can save lives.
Colton’s parents say he had a big heart that made him a tough competitor in sports and a happy son off the field.
Tragically, he passed away in November 2019 after suffering cardiac arrest with an ambulance that took him to the hospital. His mother says an automated external defibrillator, or AED, could have saved his life, but the ambulance didn’t have one.
“We have to be careful that this doesn’t happen to anyone else. Another’s child. Someone’s grandparent. For everyone, ”said Erin Davis.
They turned tragedy into change by starting a Gofundme site that already raised enough money to buy two AEDs for first responders in LaPorte County.
An Indiana nonprofit Bolt for the Heart pledged to raise the dollars raised by the Gofundme, and they haven’t stopped.
“At the same time, we’re doing a three-mile run in Michigan City on October 30th with the sole focus of raising money to put AEDs in the rest of the LaPorte County Officer cars. 85 AEDs is the goal, ”said Pierre Twer, President and Founder of Bolt for the Heart.
Access to these devices, Davis says, is one thing, but people trained in their use can save lives.
“We also want to teach awareness to do CPR. Many things happened that day that shouldn’t have happened. You need to be ready to perform CPR or use an AED at all times, ”said Colton’s father, Brett Davis.
Prepare your community for the next time a child has a life-threatening accident.
Follow this shortcut to go to the family’s Gofundme page.
click here to learn more about Bolt for the Heart and to sign up for the 5K.
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