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19th Oct 2021

11-year-old girl dies after suddenly collapsing at school

Laura Grainger

The school community is said to be “devastated” by the tragic loss.

An 11-year-old girl in the UK has died after suddenly collapsing at school.

The student suffered a cardiac arrest at Moat Community College in Leicester last Tuesday, October 12 at around 11.30am.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, with a spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance Service revealing that three paramedics in ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance and the air ambulance were all in attendance.

The girl tragically died not long afterwards.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police confirmed her death was not being treated as suspicious and that a file has been prepared for the coroner.

The devastating incident has left staff and students at the school reeling over the loss, according to Leicestershire Live.

Principal Brian Killeen said: “Everyone at Moat Community College is devastated by this tragic event. We are in touch with the pupil’s family and our thoughts are with them all at this dreadful time.

“We will be continuing to offer support to our students and staff over the coming days and weeks.”

The principal also stated that the city council has been providing the school with on-site trained counsellors since Thursday morning to offer support to anyone who needs it.

“What caused this tragic event has not yet been established, so it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage,” he concluded.

According to EireMed, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone of any age. The only treatment is CPR and use of a defibrillator to hopefully restore the heart’s natural rhythm.

If these measures are correctly administered within 3-5 minutes of the SCA, the victim has a 74% chance of survival. With every minute that passes after this, their chance of survival decreases by 10%.

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