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A state senator is proposing that all middle and high schools in Rhode Island be required to have a defibrillator in case a student or anyone else goes into cardiac arrest. Senate majority leader Dominick Ruggerio announced on Wednesday that he has introduced legislation requiring automated external defibrillators in all middle and high schools, public and private. The Providence Democrat said that although no official statistics have been gathered about sudden cardiac arrest in children, it is believed that several hundred children under the age of 21 die each year. He says defibrillation performed within five to seven minutes improves the chances of survival by nearly 50 percent. (AP)