AED donated by Connecticut not-for-profit saves man's life

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A man is crediting an automated external defibrillator donated by a Connecticut not-for-profit for saving his life when he was going into cardiac arrest.

The AED donated to the Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in Milford by the 'In a Heartbeat Foundation' saved the life of 53-year-old Sean Hitchcock.

Hitchcock says he brought his son in for an appointment the day before Thanksgiving and started going into cardiac arrest.

Dr. Elise Carlson administered CPR but then an AED was used to bring him back.

Luckily, the facility had just received a donated AED six months prior and thanks to the quick-acting doctors, Hitchcock's life was saved.

Mike Papale, the founder of the Wallingford-based not-for-profit says he went into cardiac arrest when he was 17 years old at basketball practice.

Papale credits an AED for saving his life and he wanted to help ensure that the life-saving devices are available in most businesses. So far, 117 AEDs have been donated to different locations throughout Connecticut.

Papale says the AED used on Hitchcock is the first time one of his devices has been used to save a life in the state.

Hitchcock says now that the AED saved his life, it's a cause he is going to support moving forward.

"In a heartbeat" is working to get cardiac screening programs to Connecticut kids in hopes of detecting heart disease early.

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