Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) of the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation recently donated 18 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to Allen Parish middle and high school athletic programs.

An AED is a portable device that checks heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Portable AEDs can save an athlete’s life if an event occurs while out on the field or court.

Kinder Middle School Coach, Cade LaFargue, and school nurse, Carla Stagg, explored the possibility of purchasing the costly lifesaving device in order to be prepared should an athlete need it. They approached CMN hoping for the donation of one AED, but Cara Wyland, Children’s Miracle Network Director, saw that the need was greater than only one school and purchased enough devices for all middle and high schools in Allen Parish.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s CMN program raises funds in various ways throughout the year and uses these funds to address local children’s health care needs in Southwest Louisiana. For more information on Children’s Miracle Network, call (337) 430-5353.

Pictured from left is CMN Director, Cara Wyland; CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation Board Member, Nancy Burleigh; Kinder Middle School Coach, Cade LaFargue; and Kinder Middle School Nurse, Carla Stagg.