Would your child know how to find a defibrillator if he or she saw someone in cardiac arrest?
It’s a question a Corbett couple asks in the children’s book “Ed the AED.”
“We know kids are capable of saving someone’s life with an automated external defibrillator,” said Lindy Lucas.
They are big words for a kid, but the authors said but they hope to demystify the process through a story with a positive outcome.
In the book, a boy is with his grandmother when she collapses. Because of his AED training at a fire station he is able to save her.
“If you can get a shock delivered within the first minute the survival rate can be as high as 80 percent,” Lucas said.
The book was written in memory of her husband’s brother Jeff, who was a Navy Seal killed in Afghanistan while on a rescue mission,
“He is the main character, because if he saw someone in need he wouldn’t hesitate to help and we want to encourage kids to feel that way,” James Lucas explained.
James and Indy teach adult CPR and AED classes at Portland Community College.
Their book available on Amazon.com brings the education to a younger audience.
“Statistics show a person is more likely to suffer cardiac arrest than be in a house fire, so we want to make the AED as common for kids as the fire extinguisher,” Indy Lucas said.