A heartbroken mother criticizes the lack of action by Nottingham City Council following the death of her 13-year-old son

A heartbroken mother whose son collapsed during a football match said Nottingham City Council “has done nothing” to address concerns surrounding his death. Bridget Akwasi spoke during an inquest into the death of her 13-year-old son.

Samuel Akwasi was playing for FC Cavaliers U13s against WBCY FC Rossoneri when he suffered cardiac arrest at the Forest Recreation Ground on May 7 of last year. Two parents tried to save him with mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions.

But concerns have been raised about a possible delay caused while trying to locate life-saving defibrillators. Giving evidence during the second day of the inquest on Thursday March 23, Edward Curry from Nottingham City Council said there were two defibrillators inside the cafe in the park and in the sports area, located 100 meters and 220 meters away respectively.

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Mr Curry, who is the authority’s Head of Green Spaces and Natural Environment, told the hearing that the reason for keeping them inside was to protect them from “vandalism”. However, he said they will be removed and replaced with new defibrillators outside.

Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Didcock has noted that the automated external defibrillators (AEDs) “were only granted six weeks before the hearing.” She asked Mr. Curry under oath if he was sure that the defibrillator inside the cafe is checked weekly.

He added: “I am concerned that we are many months in and there has been limited progress.” Proceeding to ask questions after Mr. Curry’s statement, Ms. Akwasi said: “Thank you very much for her time.


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