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Newtown-based foundation donates AED to Newtown Community Center

A Newtown-based organization has donated an AED and other supplies to the Newtown Community Center.  Director Matt Ariniello thanked Mike Papale, founder of the In a Heartbeat Foundation for his generosity.  In A Heartbeat was founded in 2015 to raise money and awareness for sudden cardiac arrest and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.  In 2006 at age 17, Mike experienced sudden cardiac arrest. There was no AED on site, but an EMT working nearby was able to perform CPR for eight minutes and save his life.  He now has a defibrillator implanted in his chest.  Without an AED on site, doctors said Mike’s chance of survival was one in a million.