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Life-saving equipment distributed to schools across Alabama

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Children's of Alabama is among the groups helping put life-saving equipment in Alabama schools and make sure people in the schools know how to use them.

The hospital is partnering with "Alabama LifeStart" and Lord Wedgwood Charity to put automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, in schools across the state.  At least 14 schools are expected to receive the equipment in March.

Every public school in Alabama had at least one AED as of 2011; however, not all staff and students know how to use them.

This March, Alabama LifeStart plans to distribute the AEDs to these schools: Satsuma Jr. High, Montgomery Technical Education Center, Greensboro Middle, Chickasaw city schools, Francis Marion High, Hokes Bluff High, Saint James School, McKenzie High, Bibb County High, West Blocton High, Fyffe School, Hartselle High, Horseshoe Bend School and Greenville Middle.

Other schools across Alabama plan to add AED training to their curriculum, provided they receive an AED.  They include Maplesville High, Lynn High, Waterloo School, Collinsville High, Minor High, West Limestone, Pleasant Home, Ben Russell High, Moody High, Marbury High, Handley High, Sumiton Christian School, Childersburg High, Phil Campbell High, Oxford High, North Sand Mountain School, Sparkman High, Meeks High and Alabama Christian Academy.

The hope of this partnership is that by providing additional AEDs, the school can respond more quickly and effectively to the instance of cardiac arrest.

The annual "Links to Life" Celebrity Golf Classic will be held Monday, April 29, 2013 at Shoal Creek Country Club to raise money to provide more AEDs on Alabama school campuses.

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