Invisible Heartbreak: Lawmakers United by Devastating Loss and a Mission for Change


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Imagine the unimaginable: losing a loved one to a sudden cardiac arrest. For Rep. Andy Barr and Kentucky resident Matthew Mangine, this nightmare became a devastating reality.

Heartbreak and Hope

On the tragic date of June 16, 2020, Mangine’s 16-year-old son collapsed at soccer practice and couldn’t be revived. On the same day, Barr’s wife, Carol, passed away during a Zoom call. Both deaths were caused by cardiac arrest.

Mangine’s pain resonated deeply with Barr when he realized the connection between their losses. This shared experience ignited a determination within both men to prevent similar tragedies in the future.