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Woodbury resident Dale Wakasugi survived sudden cardiac arrest not once but twice.

Woodbury man pumped to carry out heart-based mission

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It would be fair to say defibrillators are near and dear to Dale Wakasugi’s heart.

The Woodbury man had a miniature version of the device implanted in his heart after sustaining sudden cardiac arrest in 2007 while refereeing a prep basketball game.


He was brought back from heart stoppage by an automated external defibrillator at the basketball gym and had the internal device implanted later in case the same thing ever happened again.

It did.

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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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