AED ADVOCATES: Couple Works To Educate
The month of October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month and one Humeston couple has a story that is helping to save lives.
In 2004 Butch Gibbs’ heart stopped. It was sudden cardiac arrest.
Butch was saved by 22 shocks from an automatic external defibrillator, known as an AED.
Now he and his wife, Susie, are working to raise money to buy defibrillators for Wayne County schools and for law enforcement offices.
They’ve traveled to Des Moines and Washington, D. C. with the message that defibrillators save lives after a sudden cardiac arrest.
Butch and Susie say the AEDs provide step by step instruction to users and there is no reason to be afraid to use it.
“All they can do is try, I think people are surprised that it’s not as hard as they think,” says Susie.
Butch says, “They’re afraid they’re going to shock someone at the wrong time and kill them…but the AED won’t shock until it’s ready…and you can’t kill them cause they’re already dead.”
The Gibbs are working to teach people not only how to use an AED but also how to perform CPR. They say it can greatly increase the chance for someone with cardiac arrest to survive.