Youth cardiac arrest bill signed honors Waukesha teenager


Governor Tony Evers signed a bill Tuesday, March 29, that requires the state Department of Public Instruction to work with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and two pediatric cardiologists to develop and disseminate information about the nature and risk of sudden cardiac arrest at school sporting events. .

The bill was introduced in honor of Kai Lermer, a 16-year-old student-athlete from Waukesha North High School, who died in 2019 after suffering cardiac arrest while playing basketball due to undiagnosed heart disease.

The governor signed the bill today at Waukesha North High School, where he was joined by Lermer’s family, friends and loved ones.

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“The loss of Kai was devastating to our family, friends and the Waukesha community. We know signing AB82 will save the lives of countless young adults here in Wisconsin,” said Mike Lermer, Kai’s father. . “Sudden Cardiac Arrest education is the first step in preventing a similar tragedy from affecting another family and community. We hope AB82 will inspire parents, guardians and student athletes to take an ECG test. before exercising.”

Kai Lemer has never shown signs of heart disease. However, an ECG test could have uncovered the condition, allowing Kai and his family to take life-saving precautions.

This bill specifically requires that the PGD include information about the risks of continuing athletic activity after experiencing symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest; the potential risks, benefits and evidence of ECG testing; and how to request an EKG from a student’s health care provider.

The information sheet would be distributed to participants in Youth Athletics and offered to those 12 and older to help youth and their parents take steps to understand a student’s heart health before participating in the athletics for young people, much like the information already provided for the risk of concussions and head injuries under current law.

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Statement from Evers:

“Youth athletics plays such an important role in the health, well-being and academic success of young people in our state, but just like concussions and traumatic brain injuries, it’s critical that parents and students understand the associated risks and are empowered to make the best decisions for their health.

“I share my deepest condolences with the Lermer family and the entire community of Waukesha. Kai was a young man of potential who was taken from us far too soon and there are no words to express this loss. I am happy to sign this bill into law today to turn this tragedy into action that could save lives, and I commend his parents for all their hard work in raising awareness of this important issue.”


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