Priceless precaution? AEDs in schools

Recent cardiac deaths put focus on AEDs in schools, but cost still keeps some schools from having them


The Columbian

CLARK COUNTY, Wash. — Recent cardiac deaths put focus on AEDs in schools, but cost still keeps some schools from having them.

Keilea Swearingen remembers nothing about her second day at Evergreen High School. The 15-year-old went into cardiac arrest on Sept. 1 while sitting in her fourth-period physics class, and awoke two days later in a hospital bed. School officials credit an automated external defibrillator with saving the freshman’s life.

Due to the trauma of the event, Keilea, then 14, has no memory of the two weeks before it or much of the week she spent in the hospital. But when she thinks about how close she came to death, she concludes she was “really lucky to be where I was,” near the AED’s location in the main office.

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