AED brings woman back from the dead

Margaret Braune says she would be alive right now if it wasn’t for an automated external defibrillator, or AED.

Back in January, Braune stood in the bleachers cheering on her grandson at a Special Olympics Basketball game in McCracken County. With no warning, she went into cardiac arrest and collapsed.

"CPR just wasn’t, just wasn’t doing it all," says Braune.

Braune didn’t have a pulse and was legally dead for eight minutes. Then someone at the school grabbed an AED and shocked her back to life.

"The next thing I knew, I was waking up in an ambulance," says Braune.

The American Heart Association says if more people had access to AEDs, it could save up to 40,000 lives a year.

On Friday, Lourdes hospital in Paducah gave away 22 AEDs to local churches and organizations in hopes of making it easier for families to access the lifesaving device. It was paid for by a grant from the Mercy Health Foundation. Pastor Anthony Walton says he hopes he never has to use his.

"Prepared for the unexpected, anytime you’re prepared for that, that has to be a plus," says Walton.

"I wish all churches, all organizations, clubs, whatever could afford to have them, because if the school would not have had one, I don’t think I’d be here," Braune says.

She says she owes everything to the machine and the person who knew how to use it.

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