Life Saving Machines Installed at Hawaii Airports

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's a machine that saves lives. Now, 100 Automated External Defibrillators are on standby at Hawaii's airports.

Sixty of them are at the Honolulu International Airport, which sees an average of six cardiac arrests each year. The AEDs are located in public areas about 90 seconds apart in walking distance. Program officials say trained airport employees and members of the public can access them in the event of an emergency.

Carol Keale's late husband, Moe Keale, was once saved by one of these machines.

"My husband went down in a gym," she said. "We were working out. We were doing everything that was right, and he suddenly collapsed."

"Two off-duty police officers stopped to work out at that moment in time," she continued. "They were one of only 100 at that time that had defibrillators, and they were able to shock his heart back to survival."

The AEDs are mounted in security boxes that will notify emergency personnel when they're removed.