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Local athletic trainer saves teen's life with AED device

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Local athletic trainer saves teen's life with AED device

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Nov 22, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Liberty High School student and his family have a lot to be thankful this Thanksgiving, after his life was saved by a trainer and critical piece of equipment.

Athletic trainer Scott Tschan used an AED, which stands for Automated External Defibrillator, to revive the teen wrestler after he collapsed in the school's gym.

Tschan said, "I was just hoping that it was going to work. The kid had a heart condition, that no matter how many times I would have pressed on his chest, no matter how many compressions, it wouldn't have worked. He needed the electrical impulse of the AED."

Tschan is trained to use an AED, but it was the first time he had to use one.

Every high school has two AEDs, required by state law.

Since 2004, they have been used to save nearly half a dozen lives.

Rikki Cheese

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.