As state and municipal government authorities across the nation consider laws mandating the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in public places, a legislator in Raleigh, NC, who collapsed at her desk was saved using one.
State Rep. Becky Carney, 64, was on the phone with a colleague when she collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Building security staff and Rep. Bob England, MD, arrived to find Carney unconscious and without a pulse. They used a Cardiac Science Powerheart AED G3 defibrillator to restart Carney’s heartbeat. Carney was reported to be alert when she was transported to a nearby Raleigh hospital.
The Powerheart G3 defibrillator had been installed in the Legislative Building some years earlier.
“It’s a wonderful thing about having it here,” England told the press afterward. “All public places should have that kind of equipment.”