The Bothwell Foundation recently presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Smithton United Methodist Church.

An AED is a small, lightweight device that allows individuals and first responders to treat sudden cardiac arrest by delivering a shock to the victim's chest, ideally restarting their heart.

According to research, the majority of sudden heart attack victims have good chances of survival under certain common conditions, including that the event is witnessed, the collapse occurs in a large public place, an AED is handy, and bystanders use CPR and the AED.

Funds to purchase the device were raised during the Bothwell Foundation’s 2021 Wear Red for Women luncheon and auction. Event proceeds allowed the foundation to purchase and place 12 AEDs in various locations in Sedalia and Pettis County where large groups frequently gather.

--In the photo: Dustin Southard, Smithton UMC board member and trustee, center, accepted the AED on behalf of the church. Left of Southard is Lori Wightman, Bothwell CEO, and right of him is Lauren Thiel-Payne, Bothwell Foundation executive director. Others pictured are members of Smithton United Methodist Church and the Wear Red for Women Committee. The 2022 Wear Red for Women event is on Feb. 25, 2022.

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