Family donates AEDs in memory of late son

Dylan Williams, 8, had a cardiac arrest after he was hit with a baseball. No AED was near the field or stadium and his family is working to change that. (WDTN Photo)

RICHMOND, Indiana (WDTN) Forever an All-Star, that’s the message behind a growing campaign in honor of an 8-year-old Indiana boy who died in a freak accident.

“You know with Dylan we didn’t have one. You know if we would have, we figure it would have ended different. You know, he’d be with us now,” the mourning father explained.

Erick Williams’ son, Dylan died after a baseball struck the right side of his head and neck.

He went into cardiac arrest, but there was no automated external defibrillator (AED) to help him.

That is why the Williams family is on a mission to change those circumstance from happening anywhere else.

Thursday, 26 AEDS were donated to several groups, teams and schools.

It’s all in an effort to make sure that the tools are there if your child is suffering from cardiac arrest or a heart attack.

“It’s very important that they understand the need to have an AED in the school system or in a youth program,” Williams’ mom explained. ”

It’s why her family has partnered with Reid Memorial Hospital and the maker of the AEDs, Cardiac Science.

The family gives away the device for free and it holds seminars showing step by step how to use the defibrillator.

And it’s something officials say everyone should learn because any day, they say you might need it to save a life.

“To put that into perspective of how often it occurs compared to fires. For every 1 fire, there’s 96 cardiac arrests,” compared Troy Pflungero, an AED specialist with Cardiac Science. “We often will position that so that folks know and understand how prevalent it is and how often it happens.”

But with the Williams mission, they hopes to bring down those numbers, and help people and children,  just like Dylan, live on for another day.

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