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Family spreads awareness of rare condition with CPR and AED training

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GRAND BLANC, MI (WNEM) -

Earlier this year, a local girl’s life was cut short due to an undetected condition and now her family is trying to spread awareness to help save someone else from suffering the same fate.

London Eisenbeis passed away in February at just 10-years-old. She suffered from a heart rhythm condition known as long QT syndrome.

It’s one of the more common causes of sudden death in young people, something that could be prevented with the use of an AED.

“This is what I want, with her legacy,” said Tina Eisenbeis, London’s mother. “Is to change lives and save in the future.”

After the passing of her daughter, Eisenbeis wants to prevent another family from going through the same heartache.

London’s legacy continued with a CPR and AED training exercise at the Genesys Athletic Club.

“I didn’t think this, would get this big,” Eisenbeis said. “But I really like to see how the community has got together, it’s been unbelievable.”

London was by all accounts a normal, healthy 10-year-old girl, who lost her life due to an irregular heart condition.

Which is why paramedics and EMT’s spent the day showing people how to react and respond when someone suddenly stops breathing.

“What the AED does it actually shoots a little electricity into the heart, shoots it back to the monitor and it tells the monitor you need to shock or don’t shock,” said Archie Tacderas, a paramedic who works in Genesee County.

Even if you’re not sure whether to use CPR or an AED, paramedics say that it’s important to do something, rather than nothing.

“It’s for everybody, that if you can stand and you can breathe and you can talk, you can do CPR,” Tacderas said.

For Eisenbeis, who’s now a certified CPR instructor herself, seeing people learn these techniques warms her heart.

“We need to know more about CPR and AED and for the community to come together like this, it will bring more awareness for sure,” Eisenbeis said.

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