Shannon Alert Bill moves forward

A mother's mission to raise awareness of how simple head injuries can be deadly for people on blood thinners is moving forward at the state capitol.

Angela Mudd told 27 NEWSFIRST late Wednesday that the Shannon Alert Bill passed the house by a unanimous vote.

It heads to the state senate next week.

Mudd's daughter, Shannon, died last year after a minor head injury led to bleeding on the brain that put her in a coma.

Shannon had been taking blood thinners while recovering from cancer.

The Shannon Alert would help emergency crews tell if a person is taking blood thinners if the patient wears a red bracelet.

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  • by George Location: Huntsville on Feb 27, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    Zeke, with all due respect, having a name like Zeke I find it highly doubtful that this is within your scope education; see this my friend is why not all people should be allowed to vote. I'll tell you what a waste of time is, that's when you go online blasting things that you can't completely grasp the concept of. In your way of thinking, the lifeline medic alert would be a bad idea too, because we already have 911 and cordless phone. I think it there should be an act of congress preventing uneducated buffoons from posting their "thoughts" in public forums, that too would be a great cause.
  • by Concerned Location: Virginia on Feb 25, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    In response to Mark: I think this may have been the case. She was only 17 and it was not her decision to make. If it was, she probably would still be here. No further comments but I agree there should be a law when it comes to something so crucial as having your life saved!!
  • by Mark Location: KY on Feb 24, 2011 at 09:03 PM
    I don't know the whole situation here, was this girl under 18 years of age. If so, in KY, EMT's and Paramedics are suppose to have parental consent before treating a patient that is under 18; they can't refuse treatment for themselves or give someone permission to treat them. It has to be the parent/guardian. If this was the case maybe there needs to be a law to allow workers in the medical field to treat someone under 18 years of age without getting parental consent. It is tough not to treat a young child that needs medical assistance when you don't have permission to treat. Just wondering if this was the case, that may have been what kept this girl from getting medical attention quickly, I don't know.
  • by Rita Location: Va on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    I think this is a wonderful thing and my husband now has one and wears it..I am so happy that someone made something better for people who are on blood thinners, by the time it would take an EMT or anyone to read a med alert tag a life could be saved...So thank you from the bottom of my heart..Shannon Alert will go very far and save alot of lives....
  • by Angela Location: Shepherdsville on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    Yes the Medic Alert has been brought up to me so many times..and bracelets are available for 20.00 in drug stores and online, alert is to give awareness to the patients who are not being told of the dangers as in our case...which clearly means..A person will not purchase a medic alert bracelet if they are not aware of the dangers! There are NO warnings n the drug labels as to internal bleeding, especially in the brain. I am trying to save these patients from the tragedy that took my daughter Shannon's life, while offering a lower cost band. The medic alert electronic bracelets also require too much time to get a patients history. This band will save time, which is crucial especially in saving the brain. WE WOULD HAVE definitely had a band on Shannon's wrist if WE knew the warnings. Time is not wasted here. And for the other question, Bands and Shannon's story can be found at or call me personally at 502-297-4248. I will be pleased to help you!
  • by Why on Feb 24, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    Dave, if the bill passes, it does not mean that people on blood thinners will be REQUIRED BY LAW to wear the bracelet. It simply means that if an ambulance came to get someone and they had the red bracelet on, they would know that the person was on blood thinners. You have obviously never known anyone that's had to take them because if you did, you would know just how dangerous it is if they even get nicked. This bill would ensure that all workers in the medical field know what the bracelet means.
  • by LocalLady Location: Kentucky on Feb 24, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    I too am confused - is this to simply bring awareness or is it to become law? I am sure this issue gives Shannons mother a purpose - but wouldn't a Medical Alert Bracelet do the same thing?
  • by Angela Location: Shepherdsville on Feb 24, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    In response to Dave..We have hopes of this becoming a law requiring better awareness for patients taking blood thinner meds. Nothing on the labels of any of these meds mention anything about internal bleeding especially in head injuries, even minor ones. The only warning given is possible bleeding which people assume to be only outer bleeds. There isn't a law for allergy related awareness. Usually when someone has certain allergies they are aware of the dangers and should protect themselves with some kind of identifying bracelet or pendant. Thank you Dave and please spread this awareness to anyone you know who may be at risk for what could lead to a tragic brain injury like the one my daughter endured. Bands are available at Take care!
  • by mm on Feb 24, 2011 at 07:19 AM
    trying to order but site will not let me How can i order these by phone?
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Feb 24, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Hasn't this mother and the legislators ever heard of Medic Alert? It has been available and widely known for many years and does the same thing that she wants, this is time wasted when they could be doing something more important.
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