A HAMPSHIRE school has some new life-saving equipment thanks to a former pupil.
Sam Mangoro, of Romsey, who survived a heart attack at Mountbatten School earlier this year thanks to the quick use of a defibrillator, has made sure another school can be prepared for a similar situation.
As reported by the Daily Echo, 16-year-old Sam teamed up with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) to secure a defibrillator for former school Crestwood College.
And Sam and his family were delighted to present the life-saving equipment to head teacher Krista Dawkins.
It is another boost for the Daily Echo’s Save a Life in Schools campaign to ensure every school in Hampshire carries a defibrillator.
Ms Dawkins said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive such a vital piece of equipment at the school.
“It is always our worst fear that an incident such as Sam’s could happen to a child at our school.
“The defibrillator gives us the peace of mind that if such a tragedy were to occur, then we would be in the best possible place to assist before the ambulance crews got to us. Our thanks go to Sam, his family and SCAS for such a kind gesture.”
Nic Morecroft, SCAS divisional responder manager, added: “We are really pleased to have donated a defibrillator to the All Heart Campaign as we know how important access to defibrillators is in schools and how they can save young people’s lives like Sam’s.
“We would encourage all schools to have a defibrillator.”
Sam is running his own All Heart Campaign to raise funds to buy defibrillators for schools, with Crestwood being the first recipient.