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Robert Cross Middle is first "Heart Safe" school

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fifteen members of the staff and faculty of Robert Cross Middle School completed 46 hours of training in CPR and using cardiac defibrillators.  

Phoebe Putney Hospital's Network of Trust program equipped the school with an defibrillator that is mounted by the school office. Medical officials say over two thousand students die at school each year.

The defibrillator and training could help save people having cardiac attacks. 

"It may take 5 minutes for emergency care to arrive. Within 3 to 5 minutes brain death can occur , so for every minute an A.E.D. machine is delayed, decreases their chances of survival by ten percent," said Phoebe Education Coordinator Melissa Jordan.

Students at Robert Cross School raised the money to pay for the wall mount.

Phoebe plans to provide defibrillators and training for all 11 Dougherty County Middle and High Schools.

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