Carmel, IN, Charity Donates AED to Ballpark Where Eight-Year-Old Suffered Cardiac Arrest

UNION CITY, IN--A Carmel charity donated a portable defibrillator to the Union City ballpark where eight-year-old Dylan Williams was struck by a baseball and gravely injured.  He never regained consciousness and was taken off life support at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

HeartReach Carmel was started in 2010 to provide potentially life-saving AEDs (Automated Electronic Defibrillators) to organizations throughout the state. HeartReach will donate an AED to Union City Monday morning, as well as provide training on the AED.

"This is the reason we started HeartReach," said founder Pierre Twer, who delivered the defibrillator to  Union City Monday. "We believe the AED will be placed at the park where the accident occurred."

Doctors told Dylan's parents that their son went 40 minutes with no oxygen to his brain after he collapsed on the field.

"We place these devices not thinking they are going to be used," Twer said Monday. "But we place the devices for more peace of mind for people to know that they're there in the event that something happens."

Funeral services for Dylan Williams will take place Tuesday.


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