SAM Mangoro has been reunited with some of the paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) who saved his life.

Sixteen-year-old Sam saw the staff for the first time since they kept him alive following a heart attack earlier this year.

Sam, of Romsey, collapsed during a PE lesson at Mountbatten School and teachers acted quickly to shock him with a defibrillator to keep his heart going before paramedics took him to Southampton General Hospital.

The Daily Echo launched the Save a Life in Schools campaign to urge all Hampshire schools to buy a defibrillator and prepare for similar situations, with Sam and his family fully behind us.

Along with mum Lynda and brother Elijah, Sam went to Nursling Resource Centre to meet some of the emergency frontline staff who treated him at the scene and give them a thank you card.

He said: “It was lovely to see the paramedics and crew who helped save my life. Though I have no memory of the day, it was nice to put faces to the stories I have been told. They will have my eternal gratitude, I don’t even know if I would be here without them.”

Perry Roles, SCAS technician, said: “We don't often get the chance to be reunited with patients so the meeting was special.”