Mavs Doctor Raising Money for AEDs in Schools

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Some cash-strapped school could get some help in buying the defibrillators they're now required to have.

A group headed by the Dallas Mavericks team physician says it plans to raise one (m) million dollars to help put the heart-saving emergency device in Texas high schools.

Automated external defibrilators cost about 12-hundred dollars each.

The University Interscholastic League voted last week to require that all 13-hundred public high schools have at least one AED on campus. But the UIL did not address how schools would pay for them.

Doctor T.O. Souryal says the Texas Sports Medicine Foundation has
already raised about half its goal. It will give priority to rural school districts with smaller budgets.

A recent rash of students who collapsed with suspected heart trouble led to the decision for putting AEDs on high school campuses.

At least 600 high schools in Texas already have the devices in place, and most large school districts own several for their many campuses.