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A Series by David Grubin


Lesson Plan: THE SPARK OF LIFE


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Here we meet the Oill family who recently discovered that they carry a potentially fatal genetic heart disorder. The clip details an event in the oldest son's life that led the family to pursue in-depth medical treatment.

Discussion Questions:
  • What is the electrical activity of the heart responsible for?

  • Briefly describe what happened to Kevin Oill.

  • How does a defibrillator work?

  • What evidence did the medical team use to diagnose Kevin's Long QT Syndrome?

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Funding is provided by Medtronic, AstraZeneca, and Mars, Incorporated - makers of CocoaVia. Additional funding is provided by the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. A co-production of David Grubin Productions, Thirteen/WNET New York and WETA Washington, D.C.
Medtronic AsrtaZeneca MARS Thirteen/WNET NEW YORK