Local teen campaigns for defibrillators in all schools

Published on by Annabel Gammack (author), Eden Olivia Lord (author)

Hastings' first public defibrillator at the pier (photo: Annabel Gammack)
Hastings' first public defibrillator at the pier

Teachers at Sam’s school successfully prevented brain damage and saved his life when he collapsed by using the school’s newly installed defibrillator. 

After spending three days in an induced coma, Sam spent the following three weeks launching the All Heart Campaign from his hospital bed. 

Tomorrow he will be talking at Shoreham Academy in West Sussex, with the intention of donating a  defibrillator. 

Mrs Mangoro explained: “We can’t even bear to think what would have happened if the school didn’t have the equipment.”

Sam has been living with the heart condition dilated cardiomyopathy, although the cardiac arrest was unexpected. 

He now has medication and has been fitted with an internal defibrillator which shocks him should another arrest happen. 

Despite everything, Sam passed his GCSEs and is now studying creative media at Northbrook College in Sussex while he continues his campaign.

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