UNION CITYSix automated external defibrillators (AED) were donated Thursday in honor of a Union, Ind. little league baseball player who was tragically killed during baseball practice in July 2013.
Dylan Williams, 8, was struck in the neck by a baseball during practice. Officials said the impact caused the child to go into cardiac arrest. He was later pronounced brain dead at the hospital and removed from life support.
Officials believe an AED may have helped Williams. The device automatically diagnoses the life threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a patient and is able to treat them through defibrillation. This is the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
The Heart Reach out of Carmel & The Dylan Williams Forever An All-Star foundation have teamed to help raise $15,000 to purchase the six AED’s and donate them to the city and schools throughout the district.
“This will be a huge impact for the safety of our community,” said Erick Williams, who is Dylan’s Dad and helped coach his sons little league team.
This will be the result of “Team Dylan” participating in the BoltfortheHeart 5K on Thanksgiving morning in Carmel, Indiana.
Donations are being accepted to the Forever An All-Star Foundation, Citizens State Bank, 200 w. Oak street, Union City, Indiana 47390.