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The Shocking Truth About Defibrillators

The defibrillators in airports, malls, and offices can save your life—but too many have failed at the crucial moment

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In November 2007, Anna Malofiy awoke in her Southampton, Pa., home to find her husband, Eugene, shaking and unresponsive. She called 911 and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A few minutes later, a police officer arrived with an automated external defibrillator (AED), the Powerheart model, made by Cardiac Science Corp. By administering an electric shock, such devices can save your life if your heart stops beating.

When the officer turned on the device, Anna’s lawyers claim, it displayed an error message and failed to operate. Officers and paramedics attempted to save Eugene Malofiy without the device but were ultimately unsuccessful.

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