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Stop Sudden Cardiac Death In Student Athletes! (My son, Timothy Scott dies at age 16)
  • Petitioned Douglas F. Gansler, Attorney General of Maryland

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Douglas F. Gansler, Attorney General of Maryland
Governor of Maryland
Martin O' Malley

Stop Sudden Cardiac Death In Student Athletes! (My son, Timothy Scott dies at age 16)

    1. T S
    2. Petition by

      T S

      Owings Mills, MD

My son, Timothy Quinn Scott died in his sleep on Saturday, December 17, 2011.  His death was sudden, unexpected and without warning.  The medical examiner later ruled it as a sudden cardiac death. He was 16 years old.  A student-athlete, Tim excelled on the football field and in the classroom.  His plans were to attend college and major in sports medicine.  That will never happen!

Every year at least 600 young people die as a result of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). SCD occurs without warning, when the heart's electrical system stops working, so no blood is pumped throughout the body. It’s different from suffering a heart attack, where one of the arteries supplying the heart is blocked with a blood clot thus starving the heart muscle of oxygen-rich blood. Often these deaths in young people are triggered by sporting activities, which put pressure on the heart. One study found, just one in 10 U.S. student-athletes who suffer sudden cardiac arrest survives. However, there is a trend toward improved survival. An electrocardiogram (ECG) or ultrasound scan could detect heart abnormalities before they prove to be fatal to the unsuspecting victim. An ECG could save a young life!  Support the development of local and national screenings to detect early signs of heart disease in young athletes by requiring physicians to conduct a heart screening prior to approving participation in sporting activities.

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    1. I won't rest until the laws are changed!

      T S
      by T S
      Petition Organizer

      I chose to be the voice for my son against sudden cardiac death. He is no longer here to speak against this silent killer of young athletes. I must fight til the laws change.

      http://www.realfootballplayersdontsleep.org

    2. Thanks for your support!

      T S
      by T S
      Petition Organizer

      Every signature is counted!!!

    3. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Eileen Spengler WITTMANN, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      As the founder of Heart of a Legend Foundation, I provide free diagnostic cardiac screenings and EKG on high school, college and former professional athletes to bring awareness to heart health and sudden cardiac death.

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    • donna dziadyk PITTSBURGH, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      tim went to school with my boys, who are also athletes, this test could prevent another unnecessary loss of a child whether it be min or someone else's

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    • Tyrone Jones OWINGS MILLS, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Tim was a good friend football Teammate and a guy who believe in me when other's didn't i am grateful that he is in my life R.I.P Bro love u man #TS58

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    • Myleka Booze OWINGS MILLS, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      In the past year I have lost 3 people to heart failure including Tim. It has been a true emotional roller-coaster. If a heart screening is all it will take to save lives, I say it's one if the greatest thing we could do. Heart failure is affecting the youth more than it should. Most of the time it is undetectable. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a genetic heart disorder that can lead to SCD (Sudden Cardiac Death) if not detected early enough. A parent can be a carrier and not know it. Heart screenings are the only way. Too many athletes, too many students, too many children are dying from something that can be prevented. Rest In Paradise Timothy <3

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    • Daniel Hernandez OWINGS MILLS, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Throughout my times of struggles i thought things were gonna get worse. Then i looked up in the sky and saw my Angel/Homie Tim saying everythings gonna be alright. He told me to keep following my dreams and ill make it one day. Thanks Tim for everything. R.I.P.

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