Becky Carney, NC State Rep, recounts her cardiac arrest in her statehouse office with WRAL.com. She was rescued by co-workers and security staff using an automated electronic defibrillator. “They had to administer the AED twice,” Carney said. “And then I was responsive.” The 2002 freshman legislators, including Carney, had donated the NC AED, a Powerheart G3, to the statehouse.
“As they say, I died and (was) revived,” Carney says. Carney lost a pulse after collapsing due to what doctors later called heart arrhythmia. Rep. Bob England, a physician, administered a shock from a portable defibrillator before she was taken to the hospital.
NC AED expert Spiff Walsh tells us, “Rep. Carney’s family is going to purchase another Powerheart AED for the Legislative Buildings soon. I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to know I played a small part in keeping Rep. Carney with us.”
Spiff attended a recognition ceremony hosted by Rep. Becky Carney at the General Assembly. “It’s hard to measure the value of a life saved,” he added. “I hope to place an AED in every North Carolina government office, office, and school.”
You can contact AED expert Spiff Walsh by email.
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