It’s a fact that when patients who are experiencing cardiac arrest or other heart issues receive prompt medical attention and are taken to a hospital, they are more likely to survive and have fewer long-term complications. For instance, take Haley Breen, who was saved by first responders using an automated external defibrillator (AED) and then successfully treated at Morristown Medical Center.
Moments That Matter: Haley’s Story
When she was 29, Haley unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest due to a rare, previously-undiagnosed heart arrhythmia. Her fiancée immediately administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and called the local police. Upon arrival, they used an AED, which was provided in part by a generous donation from the Newton Medical Center Foundation, to stabilize Haley’s heartbeat. She was then transported to Morristown Medical Center, where she underwent surgery and received an internal defibrillator.
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In an effort to further save the lives of patients like Haley, Atlantic Health System created Project Heartbeat, a program developed to empower communities with the training, equipment and confidence necessary to respond to cardiac emergencies and help save lives.