Hopkins Pulse - A Hearty Donation: Automated External Defibrillators
A Hearty Donation: Automated External Defibrillators
Date: June 23, 2014
Johns Hopkins and local foundation provide AEDs to Baltimore City middle schools.
Johns Hopkins Medicine teamed up with a local philanthropic foundation to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to 10 Baltimore City middle schools for use, if needed, during sporting events and practices. The portable devices, which are used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, can save the life of a student athlete, coach or spectator who collapses due to a heart rhythm disorder that causes sudden cardiac arrest. The idea for giving AEDs to the schools began with cardiologist Theodore Abraham, director of the Johns Hopkins Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center of Excellence, and was funded by a $10,000 donation from the Israel and Mollie Myers Foundation. “This is a gift that may one day give life back to someone,” says Jon Myers, a trustee of the foundation and a member of the Cardiovascular Advisory Board at Johns Hopkins.
The AEDs were donated on Sept. 24, 2013, at an event with officials of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Israel and Mollie Myers Foundation, and principals and coaches from the schools receiving the AEDs.