My name is Morgan Frain, and I am 4 years old. On Jan. 7, 2012, my mom and dad took me to Lambeau Field in Green Bay for dinner and to play in the atrium. As we were getting ready to leave, my heart suddenly stopped and I fell to the ground. My dad turned me over and saw that my face was blue. He told my mom that they needed to do CPR, and told my 7-year-old sister, Hannah, to run and get help.
My mom started CPR right away, while a nice man from the Green Bay Packers security department brought my dad an automated external defibrillator (AED). My dad put stickers on my chest and the AED told him that my heart needed help. My dad pressed a button, and the AED reminded my heart what it needed to do. My mom and dad are very grateful for the AED, because the doctors at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said it was the only thing that could have saved my life. Although I will have many more surgeries in the future, I now have my own AED inside my tummy to make sure my heart does what it’s supposed to do.
Project ADAM saves lives by helping Wisconsin schools form AED programs. In fact, Project ADAM just gave a grant to my sister’s school, Notre Dame of De Pere, to make sure their staff gets the training they need on how to use an AED.
My mom says I am very lucky because I already know that my mission in life is to help save the lives of other children just like me.
– Morgan Frain (with my mommy’s help), guest blogger
Project ADAM is a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin program that helps schools throughout the nation prepare for and respond to cardiac emergencies. The program was created in honor of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, Wis., high school student who collapsed and died while playing basketball. Project ADAM has chapters in Alabama, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. To learn more about Project ADAM or to download free templates, plans, videos or other resources, visit ProjectADAM.com.