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Fred Bodimer
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Courtesy of the American Red Cross

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local cardiologist is praising the efforts of a Florissant police officer and a Cross Keys Middle School teacher for helping to save the life of a 14-year-old student whose heart stopped.

They used CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator machine (AED).

SLU Care Cardiology Chief Dr. Michael Lim at St. Louis University Hospital says this isn’t the first time an AED put in a public place has helped save a life.

“Putting AED’s in public places like malls, schools, arenas and theatres has actually contributed to saving of hundreds of lives over the past several years,” says Lim.

The machine restores a regular heart beat during a sudden cardiac arrest and is easy to operate, even those with no medical background. About 350,000 people will suffer from cardiac arrest this year, according to the American Red Cross.

Lim says that’s why it is critical for everyone to make a mental note of where they see a portable AED, just in case there’s a time when one is needed to help someone who has collapsed.

“In the event that one day, one time, somebody collapses, you instantly have in your memory bank, ‘Yeah, I know where that is’ and you can run and go get it…and you can potentially save a life,” says Lim.

For more information about Automated External Defibrillators, visit the American Red Cross website.

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