Mid-South Mississippi Chapter (DeSoto County, MS)




The Mid-South Chapter is based in DeSoto County, Mississippi. They promote awareness of SCA in their county and the surrounding Memphis area. Because of them, the Desoto County police department plans to equip all of their cruisers with AEDs and some public buildings are following suit.

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In Brief: Cardiac Arrest Month Named

By Henry Baily, The Commercial Appeal

In response to a mom on a mission, the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors has voted to declare October as Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

The designation was asked at a meeting last week by Dawn Cartwright, chairman of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. In 2008 she helped get a national designation with a House resolution adopted with the help of then-U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss.

Cartwright started the SCAA in 2008 after her 21-year-old son, Sean Patrick O'Hara, a student at Ole Miss, died from sudden cardiac arrest while studying for exams in December 2007. The group has raised money to put Automated External Defibrillators in city hall and other public and private buildings in Hernando.

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 A Mississippi mother is on a mission to save lives.

Three years after her college-aged son died from sudden cardiac arrest, Dawn Cartwright is trying to educate others about the condition and put defibrillators wherever she can.  Cartwright says her son Sean Patrick O'Hara loved everything Irish and on St. Patrick's Days she misses him even more, "He was Irish and wore green all the time."

In December 2007, Sean collapsed while studying finals at Ole Miss.  Cartwright was shocked to learn her athletic and seemingly healthy son died from sudden cardiac arrest and that the condition is the leading cause of deaths in the U.S., "It's staggering it's more than AIDS and it's more than combined with other diseases."

Cartwright also learned that something as simply as an automated external defibrillator or AED could have saved his life.  "You have like 8 minutes so. If you are 8 minutes away from an EMT''s reach it's too late," said Cartwright.

After her son's death, Cartwright started the Mid-South Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and since then the group has raised money to put AED's in city hall and several other public and private buildings in Hernando.

They are simple enough for anyone to use and the Mayor says he would like them everywhere.  "Any place where there are people. Sooner or later somebody is going to have a cardiac episode and have one of these close by could save a life," said Mayor Chip Johnson.

In honor of Sean the Mid-South Chapter of the SCA is holding a "Sham-Rock Festival" to raise money for several more defibrillators. They cost $1,200 a piece.  Cartwright says while here son's was alive it was his desire to make the world a better place and he still is.  "I think he's very proud and he's helping us along," said Cartwright.

Each year 325,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest.

The Mid-South chapter of the SCA is hoping to raise around $12,000 from the "Sham-Rock Festival."  It runs until 10pm at 'Mi Pueblo' in Hernando.  The Mexican restaurant will get a defibrillator during the event.

Thanks to Channel 3 News for this news item.

Charity golf tournament Monday

The Club at Northcreek in Southaven will host on Monday a golf tournament benefiting the Mid-South Mississippi chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and LeBonheur Children's Medical Center.

Set to begin with a shotgun start at noon, the Second Annual Lucky 7 Golf Tournament honors the late Sean Patrick O'Hara and Charles Samuel Hearington.

O'Hara died in Dec. 2, 2007, from sudden cardiac arrest. A former Hernando High School athlete and student at Ole Miss, he was 21 years old at the time.

Hearington died more recently, on April 28, when his car flipped and landed upside down in a water-filled ditch along Slocum Road in DeSoto County. It is believed the 19-year-old, who had had six operations since age 10 for a brain cyst, lost control of the car during a seizure.

Entry into Monday's tournament is $75 per person or $300 for a four-man team. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

All proceeds from the tournament - which raised more than $10,000 to purchase six Automatic External Defibrilators and locate them in public places across the county - will go to charity.

For more information, contact Art Chaput at 901-351-0125 or Dawn Cartwright at 901-233-6440 or d.cart777@yahoo.com.

Thanks to the Desoto Times Tribune for this news item.

Mid-South's 2008 Activities


Dawn Cartwrigth, Chair
Art Chaput, Co-Chair

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