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    House Considers Bills That Would Help Schools Get Defibrillators
    March 12, 2003

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House considered a bill Wednesday that would create clearinghouses to provide training and tips for schools on how to raise money to purchase defibrillators.

    Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., said he was inspired to introduce the bill after a 13-year-old Illinois boy went into cardiac arrest after being hit with a baseball. A police officer was able to restart the child's heart with a defibrillator.

    "It is important to realize that defibrillation is the only way to restart a sudden cardiac victim's heart," Shimkus said of the bill, which also authorizes $25 million for states to use to establish programs.

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