Johns Hopkins, local foundation, partner to donate AEDs to Baltimore schools

BALTIMORE - Johns Hopkins Medicine has teamed up with a local philanthropic foundation to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to 10 Baltimore City middle schools.

The AEDs were donated on Tuesday during a presentation at the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Baltimore with officials of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Israel and Mollie Myers Foundation and principals and coaches from the schools receiving the AEDs.

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The idea for donations began with Dr. Theodore Abraham, a cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was concerned about children and others at schools dying from cardiac-related ailments at sporting events and other school functions in part because there was no AED on site.

"Every minute counts when someone's heart stops beating," said Abraham in a statement. "CPR can keep the blood circulating, but the only way to restore the heart's normal pumping ability is to shock it back into rhythm. That's why AEDs are so important to have on hand and use as soon as possible."

The Israel and Mollie Myers Foundation gave $10,000 to fund the AED donation to the Baltimore City middle schools.

The following schools are receiving the donated AEDs:

  • Roland Park Elementary/Middle School
  • Lakeland Elementary/Middle School
  • Booker T. Washington Elementary/Middle School
  • Calverton Middle School
  • Morrell Park Middle School
  • Armistead Gardens Middle School
  • Glenmount Middle School
  • Curtis Bay Middle School
  • Franklin Square Middle School
  • Highlandtown Middle School

According to a Hopkins news release, each year, about 300,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest occur in the United States. Most are among adults, yet more than 3,000 young people die annually from sudden cardiac death. These deaths often occur during rigorous physical activity, such as at sporting events; something that could be prevented with the presence of an AED.

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