[Editor's Note: Since 2008, David Griffith Eisenstein (above), Monstah PAC Founder and Treasurer, has devoted a substantial portion of his legal career to preventing deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest through his advocacy before the United States District Court (Los Angeles, CA), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court in favor of the proliferation of AEDs, and working in cooperation with charitable foundations such as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. He was lead counsel in the case of developmentally challenged Mary Ann Verdugo who died at a Target Store in the Los Angeles area when she suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest while shopping with her mother and brother and could not be revived by EMTs when they arrived at her side 16 minutes later. It was against Target's policies to make an AED available for its customers and employees at its stores...although it sold them through its website on the internet where Target promoted them by emphasizing their life-saving capabilities.
Eisenstein filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court which was denied by that Court earlier this year, thereby ending that litigation which spanned seven years in total. Now the Governor has signed into law a requirement that new "Big Box" stores such as Targets have life-saving AEDs available on their premises.]
David Eisenstein recently received confirmation that it was Mary Ann's case which inspired the new law, when David Sforza, aide to California State Sen. Ben Hueso, wrote him:
"We wrote this bill in response to Mary Ann's case. I updated my boss on its holding and he made me aware that when he was President of the San Diego City Council one of his colleagues wrote and successfully passed an ordinance requiring an AED in large occupancy buildings. We modeled this law after the San Diego ordinance"---David Sforza, aide to Sen. Ben Hueso
Rosemary Verdugo with a portrait of daughter, Mary Ann Verdugo
Every day 984 Americans suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting. For every minute that passes, the chances of survival decrease by 7-10%; after 10 minutes resuscitation is usually hopeless and you die. Immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation, with an automated external defibrillator (AED), can more than double a victim’s chance of survival. In communities with comprehensive AED programs that include CPR and AED training, survival rates have approached 40%, in some locations 60-70%. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are on record as supporting the widespread placement, training, and use of AEDs throughout American society.
However most of private industry, and most importantly, big-box retailers and other large public venues have refused to self-implement, and resisted policies that would mandate the same. Their reasons: fear of being sued and cost. Good government policy, in the name of ‘Good Samaritan’ protection, and current prices as low as $1,000 each, makes their arguments ring hollow and places a very cheap value on the lives of 585 Americans who die every day, but who could be saved with CPR/AED!
Monstah PAC supports candidates who advocate policy to encourage the proliferation of AEDs throughout society, and in particular in big box megastores such as Targets, Staples, and Best Buys, etc.