Medical devices will improve safety at Bothwell

Bothwell Middle School is a little safer these days, with school officials doing their best to make sure teachers and staff are prepared as best they can be in the event of a medical emergency.

The school was the recent recipient of a new automated external defibrillator, a device that could potentially save a life in the event of a cardiac incident.

The AED was donated to Bothwell by the Kimberly Ann Gillary Foundation, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to provide these devices to schools throughout the state and to train school staff in both CPR and the use of an AED.

According to the foundation’s website, it is named in honor of Kimberly Gillary, who tragically died at the young age of 15 after suffering a heart attack while playing water polo for her high school team in 2000.

Gillary had an undetected heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes the lining of the heart muscle to thicken.

People with the condition are more susceptible to cardiac arrest during strenuous physical activity.

Bothwell Middle School’s new AED is located on the second floor of the building, next to the library. The school now has two of the devices, the first still located on the first floor near the gym.

Having one on each floor can save precious seconds from ticking away should a medical event occur inside the building.

We’re grateful the foundation saw fit to donate the device to Bothwell Middle School, and happy to see school officials continuing to keep student safety in the front of their minds.