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July 31, 2013
97-year-old donates $32K worth of EMS equipment
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — A longtime Northfield resident has donated $32,000 for the purchase of two Lucas Automatic CPR devices for Northfield Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS), hospital officials said Tuesday.
Mary Freeman, 97, made the donation because she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, said Sue Malecha, Freeman’s niece.
The donation will enable EMS to equip all of its ambulances with the device and make it a standard of care. The Lucas machine is superior to manual compression CPR. The device wraps around the patient’s torso and a piston-driven suction cup positioned in the middle of a patient’s chest delivers steady, consistent compressions for up to an hour.