When a kid’s life is saved by the kindness of a stranger

The charity Save the Children is looking to raise more than £200,000 to help save a boy’s life. 

The 17-year-old boy from Walthamstow, west London, is on life support after a heart attack in March. 

His family are desperate to find out what caused his condition and they have raised £200k through a crowdfunding campaign. 

“We were very fortunate,” his mum, Sara, told the BBC.

“His father had just bought him a new pair of glasses so he could see his father more and he was just so keen to keep up with the boys at school.”

He had an awful accident last year, he’s now in a very bad way and his mother is now very worried.

“Save the Children say the young man was at a friend’s house for the weekend and had been at a local park with friends.”

There was a big incident and the boy was in a state of shock and collapsed,” the charity’s chief executive, Stephen Corbett, told Radio 4’s Today programme.”

So the boy had his glasses on and he sat on a bench and the park came into view and the boys took the glasses off him and he went into cardiac arrest.

“When he went down he was in shock, he could barely breathe and it was quite a big shock.”

The ambulance was there but it took about 30 minutes for the paramedics to come and do the CPR and then they put him in a life-saving breathing machine.

“The boy’s parents are concerned the youngster could die without their help and are asking for donations in their name.”

We want to raise as much money as we can and the parents have a lot of faith in us that we can do this,” Mr Corbett said.”

They’ve set up a GoFundMe page, they’re going to be asking for money to make sure that they can help their son.

“Mr Corbett added: “We have a great team of doctors and nurses who are really passionate about this and we have had great support from Save the Kids and from our partner agencies.

“He added that the charity had contacted other local charities as well as people in Walthampian who could help.”

But we’re just asking the community for their help,” he said. 

Save the Childhood’s Chief Executive, Stephen ‘Sara’ Corbett.