Off-duty paramedics battled to save tragic child who suffered cardiac arrest at Sheffield scout camp

Off-duty paramedics battled to save a young boy, aged 10, who suffered a cardiac arrest at a scout camp in Sheffield.

Friday, 13th July 2018, 11:49 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:14 pm
A boy, aged 10, died after falling ill at a scout camp in South Yorkshire

Paramedics sprang into action after the youngster, who has not yet been named, fell ill on a scout camp at the Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre, White Lane, Chapeltown, last Sunday afternoon.

The young boy fell ill while walking to the scout camp's closing ceremony and was rushed to hospital but could not be saved.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.

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His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Children from across South Yorkshire attend events and camps at the popular activity centre every year.

A spokeswoman for The Scouts said: "We are deeply saddened to confirm that a 10-year-old boy was taken ill while attending a Scout camp in South Yorkshire and later died.

"We understand that the young person was taken ill while walking to the camp’s closing ceremony and was not undertaking an activity at the time.

"He was treated at the scene by off-duty paramedics and then transferred to hospital."

She added: "We are doing all we can to support everyone involved.

"The death of any young person is devastating, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the young person during this very difficult time."

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "Emergency services were called to White Lane, Chapeltown, just after 2.15pm on Sunday, 8 July, after a 10-year-old boy went in to cardiac arrest. "He was taken to hospital but sadly died shortly afterwards.

"His family are being supported by officers and there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death."