A British coroner has ordered an investigation following the tragic “sudden cardiac death” of a healthy 13-year-old boy who was found to have a “normal” heart.
The death of Samuel Victor Ovie Akwasi, who died on May 7 at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, England, has started to raise quite a few questions.
Concerns have been mounting over the tragedy, despite officials determining a “provisional” cause of death.
The young boy died shortly after collapsing during a soccer match.
According to the Nottingham Post, Akwasi had just scored a goal while playing for FC Cavaliers in the 13-and-under division before he collapsed on the grass near a tree.
Mairin Casey, Senior Coroner for Nottinghamshire, opened an inquest into the teenager’s death on Wednesday as more details emerged.
“He was aged just 13 years at the time of his death and he died at the Queen’s Medical Centre,” Casey said.
“A post-mortem examination was conducted, and the provisional cause of death given by a pathologist was ‘sudden cardiac death with a morphologically normal heart.’”
Reading that last sentence again, it’s readily apparent why Casey would want more information about this death.
How does a “normal” heart suffer a sudden cardiac arrest?
Unfortunately, Akwasi’s parents will have to wait a bit before hearing any substantive updates.
The final hearing, where more details will be heard and a definitive cause of death will be ascribed, will not be until March 22, 2023.
There will be two interim hearings, planned as “pre-inquest” reviews.
Those hearings are slated for Dec. 7 and Feb. 8.
While local denizens, friends, and family have all been giving an outpouring of support to the Akwasi family, a nearby local lawyer, Kushal Sood, also wanted answers for the parents.
“It is massively important to understand why these freak incidents happen,” Sood told the Nottingham Post back when Awkasi originally passed away.
“It was a similar incident last year.”
“I think everyone want to know what happened and put an end to this circle – especially when it is a child who died.
“These teenagers are children.
“A child’s death is the saddest thing.
“We have got children of our own so it is easier to relate to this.”
At the time, Sood noted that “it is a time for sadness, not explanations.”
But that was almost 6 months ago.
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Samuel Victor Ovie Akwasi's parents were present when the 13-year-old passed away at the Queen's Medical Centre on May 7 this year.https://t.co/d9WuGHXTHY pic.twitter.com/wJPHPR84Yl
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It feels more than fair to ask these questions, especially given the unsettling string of young people passing away unexpectedly.