An automated external defibrillator (AED) has been donated to a local baseball park located in Union City, Indiana, in honor of 8-year-old, Dylan Williams, who died during practice for an all-star game when he was hit by a baseball. An AED was not available when the accident occurred. However, had an AED been available, it may have made a contribution to saving his life. According to Marion County officials, he died of complications of blunt force trauma.
Heart Reach Carmel, a non-profit organization, donated an AED to Union City in Dylan’s honor and the gesture is a proactive step to avoid other fatal accidents on the field. Heart Reach Carmel, along with Troy Pflugner of Cardiac Science, donated a second AED for the baseball team to take on the road.
According to the story that originally appeared on WISHTV 8, Heart Reach Carmel has placed over 220 AEDs at sports clubs, schools and in every Carmel Police Department vehicle across central Indiana. The organization continues to find ways to install additional devices throughout the area, including raising money through its annual Bolt For The Heart Thanksgiving Run.
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