Powerheart AED revives North Carolina State Rep. Becky Carney


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.”