AED's Save Lives

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Decatur – When a basketball player collapsed at Meridian High School he was lucky Carol Dodson was in the crowd.  And he was lucky there was an automated external defibrillator, AED, in the gym. 

Dodson, Chief Nurse Officer at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, used the AED to save the life of the young man.

“The AED absolutely made the difference in the survival of this individual,” Dodson told WAND's Doug Wolfe.  AED's are easy to use.  They shock a person's heart back into a normal rhythm.

St. Mary's CEO Dan Perryman announced Friday the hospital is committing $10,000 for the new “Carol Dodson Lifesaving Defibrillation Program”.  The program will allow schools, churches and organizations to apply for grants to defray the costs of purchasing an AED which cost about $1,600 each.  ADM is also contributing $5,000 to the program. 

“Access to these and the placement in the community will be felt for many years to come,” Dodson stated.

Heart attacks are the number one killer in the United States. 

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