(WXYZ) - Automated External Defibrillators can save a person's life, but not every school in Michigan has one, and they are not required under state law.
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But, the tragic death of a teenage student athlete has her father on a mission to make sure at least every high school has the life saving device.
"What our mission has been is to raise money and donate AED's to Michigan high schools," said Randall Gillary. "We've raised about 1.2 million dollars since her death and have donated about 630 AED's."
Gillary lost his daughter Kimberly in 2003. She was only 15 when she suffered a cardiac arrest while playing in a water polo game for the Troy Athens High School team in April of 2000.
"When we lost Kimmy, her entire team basically stood around and watched her die," said Gillary. The school did not have the life saving device.
Sudden cardiac arrest occurs over 700 times daily in the United States, resulting in approximately 250,000 deaths per year. Sudden cardiac arrest can occur at any age. An AED is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. For each minute without defibrillation, a victim's change of survival decreases by 7-10 percent.
Gillary is also pushing to have Michigan's law change to require schools to have at least one cardiac arrest drill a year, so teachers and students know what to do in those vital minutes following a cardiac arrest.
If your child's school does not have an AED, you can contact the Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation.
The organization provides them free of charge to a school and also pays for five staff members to be trained on using the device.
Learn more about the Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation here: www.kimberlysgift.org