WCBS-TV - "Long Island Girl Gets Heart Defibrillator For Her 11th Birthday"

 – May 4, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

A Long Island girl received a special present on her 11th birthday, a second lease on life. Alana Kiceina left The Mount Sinai Medical Center on Friday with a new defibrillator to correct a heart abnormality that was discovered only when she went into cardiac arrest on April 25. On that day, Alana collapsed and stopped breathing while chasing her dog through her yard. As Alana lay unconscious on her front lawn, Shawn Mitchell sprang into action and began performing CPR on the little girl before first responders arrived at the scene, police said. “The fact that early CPR happened and that she had early defibrillation was key in her excellent outcome,” Mount Sinai pediatric cardiologist Dr. Barry Love said. Learn more