Last week a Florida jury delivered a $2 million verdict in the case of a high school athlete who died in winter baseball tryouts. While the boy's parents were found partly at fault, his pediatrician and the school district also shared blame.
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Matt Miulli was born with a heart defect. His parents, his pediatrician and the school district knew that. He passed an extra physical that cleared him to play, although his cardiologist recommended against it. This recommendation never reached Miulli or his parents.
When he collapsed during a one-mile run in the tryouts, CPR wasn't enough to revive him. The school was equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), but it was inside a school building and not accessible for use on the practice field. Had it been, it might have saved Miulli's life.
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