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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

July 18, 2008

WORTH COUNTY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia Boy Scouts are now armed with another tool of survival, but it's not a basic tool, it's an advanced piece of medical equipment.

Phoebe Worth Medical Center donated a Power Heart automated external defibrillator machine to the Boy scouts at Camp Osborn.

If someone goes into cardiac arrest, the AED will detect the problem in the person's heart rhythm and shock it.

That's important because of the camp's remote location, it takes an ambulance 15 to 20 minutes to get there.   

 "We have adults up to age 80 and children are now falling victim to sudden undiagnosed heart issues," said Chehaw Council District Executive Aaron Bensonhaver.  "This is something that we need to worry about with every single person that steps foot on our site."

"It's very self explanatory," says Phoebe Worth EMS Captain John Graddy.  "You open the lid and it gives you a verbal command that walks you through each individual step. So you can open it up and you would be able to use in within five minutes."

The AED  is worth around $1,700.

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