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AEDs Given to Two Indiana Counties

Today Union Hospital's Lugar Center for Rural Health distributed 23 defibrillators to organizations in two different counties.
Today Union Hospital's Lugar Center for Rural Health distributed 23 defibrillators to organizations in two different counties. Parke and Vermillion counties were recipients of those AEDs.

Both Parke and Vermillion counties as well as Clark County in Illinois were found to have the worst cardiac death rates in the region.

An AED is a small portable device that sends an electric shock through the chest and to the heart. They can correct a heart rhythm in someone who is having a heart attack. These life-saving devices can be limited in rural areas or smaller communities.

Representative Larry Bucshon hopes that these AEDs will make a big difference.

"For every minute that you lose you have less chance of survival," Bucshon said. "I've had direct experience with patients being resusciated by bystanders and thats why I am happy to be here today. I'm happy the Lugar Center was able to get this grant and help Vermillion and Parke County."

Today's AED distribution comes as part of a federal grant project awarded to the Lugar Center last September. That federal grant could bring 400,000 dollars to the Wabash Valley within the next three years.
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