Waunakee students get heart screenings, lifesaving training

Student's sudden cardiac arrest spurs training

More than 200 student athletes at Waunakee High School took advantage of free heart screenings and lifesaving CPR and automated external defibrillator training. The response was so great, the school is working add a second day of screenings and training.

“We got to the point where we had to turn people away because we didn’t have the resources to get through the screening and we’re actually looking at adding a second date now because the response has been so large,” school activities director Aaron May said.

The school partnered with AED Superstore to provide the screening and training for the students.

The strong response by the students was driven by an incident that occurred during a Waunakee High School basketball game on Dec. 27 in West Allis. Michael Saxby, a 16-year-old sophomore, was chasing a loose ball when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

“I had no idea, didn’t see it coming at all,” Saxby said.

He spent a week in the hospital before being allowed to come home. When he returned to school, with him came a realization not lost on his classmates.

“I never really thought about that stuff. You get going out there playing sports. So like, when that stuff happens to him you realize it could actually happen to me,” Philip Lowney a student athlete, said.