Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) is a national hospital-based community outreach program supporting implementation of written and practiced cardiac emergency response plans for sudden cardiac arrest in schools. Currently, over 100 lives have been saved through Project ADAM in which an appropriate and timely response was enacted following a sudden cardiac arrest.
Project ADAM began in 1999 after Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, WI, high school student collapsed and died while playing basketball. Adam suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in which his heart could not properly pump blood to the brain and other vital organs. Defibrillation or an AED could have saved his life, but one was not available that day. To honor his memory, Adam's parents — Patty Lemel and Joe Lemel, collaborated with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Herma Heart Center to create this program.
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Learn more about Project Adam from this May 31, 2014 article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.