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Church’s portable defibrillator saves life


FLORENCE, A la. The last thing Sallie Sims remembers about going to a recent funeral at the CrossPoint Church of Christ was wondering if she would know the fourth verse to the hymn “No Setting Sun.”

When Sims collapsed, staff members rushed to get the defibrillator that the church bought in 2006 at the urging of a church elder, The Times Daily reported.

Sims is living proof that having an automated external defibrillator, or AED, on site can make a difference in whether a person lives after the onset of sudden cardiac arrest, church leaders said.

“I finished the song and then, the next thing, I was in an ambulance, and a man was trying to put oxygen on me,” Sims told the newspaper.

Sims’ niece Stacy White expressed her appreciation for the church investing in the defibrillator. “Based on what I’ve been told, I’m convinced if not for the church having that (AED) she would not be with us today,” she told The Times Daily. “She was gone; there was no heart beat, but thanks to the defibrillator, she’s alive.”

FLORENCE, A la. The last thing Sallie Sims remembers about going to a recent funeral at the CrossPoint Church of Christ was wondering if she would know the fourth verse to the hymn “No Setting Sun.”

When Sims collapsed, staff members rushed to get the defibrillator that the church bought in 2006 at the urging of a church elder, The Times Daily reported.

Sims is living proof that having an automated external defibrillator, or AED, on site can make a difference in whether a person lives after the onset of sudden cardiac arrest, church leaders said.

“I finished the song and then, the next thing, I was in an ambulance, and a man was trying to put oxygen on me,” Sims told the newspaper.

Sims’ niece Stacy White expressed her appreciation for the church investing in the defibrillator. “Based on what I’ve been told, I’m convinced if not for the church having that (AED) she would not be with us today,” she told The Times Daily. “She was gone; there was no heart beat, but thanks to the defibrillator, she’s alive.”

Filed under: National Staff Reports

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