By Michelle Durham
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A bill is being introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate that would require an automated external defibrillator in all public school buildings in the Keystone state.
It’s a result of the hard work and grass-roots effort of a Chester County son whose seven-year old son died of sudden cardiac arrest in September, 2010.
Steven Silva is Aidan’s father, and he says this bill will go hand in hand with the law that requires that all student athletes showing signs or symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest being pulled from competition.
Silva says “it makes sense to State Senator Andy Dinniman who had no trouble finding eight co-sponsors for this bill.”
Dinniman said many of the AED’s that were procured for schools via tobacco settlement monies are about to reach the end of their lifespan, and so many struggling districts will not be able to replace the ones they have or purchase a one for schools still without an AED.
Below is a link to the Aidan Silva Blog, that is meant to raise awareness about AED’s.