It’s been quite a year for scientist Marion Leary.
First, her startup ImmERge Labs spun out from Penn, kicking things off by landing the $50,000 first prize at the AppItUP Demo Day. Then, she scores Geek of the Year at the Philly Geek Awards. And now, her company was announced as one of seven tech startups joining the University City Science Center’s Digital Health Accelerator.
The woman on the treadmill next to you at the gym collapses. You rush to her side, but she’s not breathing and has no pulse. Do you know what to do next?
If not, virtual reality may be the key to saving her life.
Unlike a heart attack, which occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is triggered by electrical malfunction. It comes on suddenly and often without warning.
The heart stops beating. Blood can’t reach the brain, lungs, and other vital organs. The victim loses consciousness and, without treatment, will die within minutes.