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Custodian saved by 'miracle'

April 8, 2013

SALEM, NH — An elementary school nurse is thankful that her school is equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED), which enabled her to save the life of a custodian, according to WBZ-TV.

Tara Hayes, a nurse at Walter Haigh Elementary School, was in her office when the school's custodian collapsed outside her office, the article stated.

According to the article, a paraprofessional laid the custodian on the floor while Hayes grabbed the school’s automated external defibrillator (AED) and began to resuscitate him.

"I put it on him, shocked him, did CPR and then shocked him again. When I shocked him the second time, his color came back and he knew who I was," said Hayes.

Hayes, who has been a nurse for 18 years, says she has never encountered a situation like that before, and believes every school should have and be trained to use AEDs, the article noted.

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