In January 2005, when I was only 11 years old I was told that my dad had suffered a heart attack. It took nearly half an hour for the ambulance to arrive and unfortunately, no one knew about the benefits of chewing ASA/Aspirin or had any available. Sadly, he passed away in the ambulance before it could reach the hospital. Since then, my brother Andrew and I have been on a mission to help other families by spreading awareness about the importance chewing ASA in the event of a heart attack.
When my dad passed away it was by far the worst day of my life. All the anti-rejection drugs that were keeping his heart pumping were slowly deteriorating his other organs. We knew this day would eventually come, but none of us really wanted to accept it. Really, how can anyone be prepared to lose their parent?
About a year ago I was standing outside a crowded bar in a famous mid-town Milan high street, crying into my phone. I had just found out my mother had a heart attack and needed to be operated on. Those tears were not flowing because of fear, sorrow or empathy. No. They were hot, stinging streams of anger running down my face.
Though incidences of Taser-related deaths have fallen out of the spotlight of late, a new study links the devices with death. If death is a possible consequence of Taser use, particularly when it comes to individuals who may have mental health or drug abuse issues, shouldn't that suggest much more cautious use of these devices?
Are you trying to kill me? I'm beating over 100,000 times every single day to keep all systems going. I don't want to brag or anything, but without me you'd be dead. OK, I'll admit the brain is helpful, but it has such a huge ego -- and I'm the one doing all of the work. I'm just not getting any respect.