SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- She's only seven years old, but a local girl has managed to impact an entire community.
Her name is Meredith and after she was diagnosed with a life threatening heart condition, people in Sun Prairie went the extra mile, to learn how to help her in a medical emergency.
Meredith must always have someone around her that is successfully AED and CPR certified. It could mean the difference between life and death. That's what the Royal Oaks Elementary School community did to support Meredith. More than half the elementary school is AED and CPR certified to help Meredith and other students in an emergency.
On Saturday, November 23 the community will come together for another training session to learn AED and CPR training techniques. The training session will be from 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Royal Oaks Elementary School in Sun Prairie. The address is 2215 Pennsylvania Avenue in Sun Prairie.
We'll have live demos on Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend starting at 6:00 a.m.
According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with nearly 360,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the United States. When a teen or adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby, especially since survival rates drop as much as 10% for every minute that goes by without intervention.
Click here to learn more about Meredith's story.