TUPELO, Miss.—Jackie Soden (back, from left), director of non-invasive cardiology for North Mississippi Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute, presents an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Robby Parman, executive director of Regional Rehabilitation Center. The AED was provided through the Heart and Vascular Institute’s Patient Assistance Fund, which is administered by the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi. Regional Rehabilitation Center clients like (front row, from left) Titus Harden, Luke Prather, Ridge Hutcheson, (back row) Raiden Davis and Addison Lawson showed their appreciation by drawing “thank you” signs for NMMC. Regional Rehabilitation Center provides speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology services, early intervention and dyslexia therapy at no cost to area individuals.
An AED delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart to potentially stop an irregular heart beat and allow the return of a normal rhythm following sudden cardiac arrest. If not treated within minutes, sudden cardiac arrest quickly leads to death. For more information about the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi, visit www.nmhsfoundation.org.