Last month the Dickson community endured a tragic loss when a 12-year old boy collapsed during a basketball game and later died. It is believed a possible heart condition was the cause. Now the family of Luke Davis is pushing for a bill that would make defibrillators readily available in all public schools. Teddy Safo spoke to family members and the author of the bill.
Luke Davis's aunt, Melissa Windham, says if a defibrillator had been available, her nephew could still be here today.
"We don’t know what happened to Luke. He may have had some type of cardiac disorder that was undiagnosed. An AED could have saved his life," Windham says.
It was February 2008 when Luke Davis was playing basketball, a game that he enjoyed, when his life ended unexpectedly.
State Representative Wallace Collins is hoping his House Bill 1847 will become state law, making it mandatory for every public school in the state to have a defibrillator.
"We have defibrillators at the Capitol to protect us. One of the questions raised why is our lives any more important than students at schools, administrators, sports personnel,' Rep. Collins says,
Three years ago, a young boy from Moore, Oklahoma, collapsed during a soccer game and died. That provided Collins with motivation to author the bill last year, but it never became law.
Now, Luke’s aunt is hoping her the law will bear her nephew’s name
"One child is too many to lose. I’d like to see this become law and become Luke’s Law, because he made the sacrifice."
"I would very much consider renaming the bill in honor of these two young men that died," Rep. Collins says.
Representative Collins says a good defibrillator costs around $1,200, and believes the state could easily provide each school with one in what he calls a small price to pay to save a life.