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3/16/06-Tyler

Life Saved By Automated External Defibrillator

A medical device saves the life of a passenger arriving at Tyler Regional Pounds Airport. Last Thursday, Lois Mieras had a heart attack in the airport. She collapsed as she was walking passed the security check point.

Fortunately, the airport had an automated external defibrillator, or AED nearby. Dr. Steuart Heaton, Jim Rapp, Joey Baly and Leslie Neal were also at the airport, getting ready to board a plane for a mission trip when they rushed to help.

"If they wouldn't of had the defibrillator, I would probably not be here today," says Lois Mieras, who had a heart attack at Tyler airport.

"It's a miracle of everything that happened, it was a miracle they saved her with that defibrillator and it just happened to be a doctor there at the time," says William Mieras, Lois' husband.

The AED was given to the airport by Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute. John Moore with Trinity Mother Frances Health System says they're looking for additional funding to purchase more AEDs.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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