UNION CITY, Ind. (WISH) - The parents and grandparents of an 8-year-old baseball all-star who died after a fluke accident were there as workers from non-profit Heart Reach Carmel presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to a local baseball park. Heart Reach Carmel, along with Cardiac Science, donated a second AED for the team to take on the road.
This comes days after 8-year-old all-star Dylan Williams died following an injury on a baseball field.
By the time he was taken to the hospital, doctors said oxygen was not reaching his brain.
The next day, Williams was taken off life support.
Pierre Twer, President of Heart Reach Carmel said having an AED would have been another tool that might have helped in Dylan's case. " An AED will actually shock the heart back into rhythm. So there's always a need for that because sudden cardiac arrest happens very unexpectedly," he said.
Heart Reach Carmel said portable AEDs can restart someone's heart in the case of sudden cardiac arrest.
It's not known if this would have helped Williams.
Heart Reach Carmel has put over 220 AEDs in Central Indiana, including at sports clubs, schools and in every Carmel Police Department car.
Each defibrillator costs $2,500. One way the organization raises money is through its annual Thanksgiving Run.
Last year, 1,000 runners participated. This year's run will be held at the Palladium in Carmel. Registration is open.
Dylan's family said it will have a team in the Bolt this Thanksgiving.
Click here to learn more about Heart Reach Carmel.
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