On May 7th, 13-year-old Samuel Victor Ovie Akwasi walked on the pitch at the Forest Recreation Ground. Playing for the FC Cavaliers U13s, Samuel loved football, or for those in America, soccer. During the match against WBCY FC Rossoneri, Samuel energized his team by scoring the first goal of the game, but the celebration quickly turned into tragedy as he collapsed on the field, ultimately dying. Sadly, this isn’t the first story to surround a healthy child mysteriously collapsing and dying.
For now, the cause of death for Samuel is believed to be cardiac arrest, but Miss Mairin Casey, a coroner for Nottinghamshire, spoke in front of the city council. She stated, “He was aged just 13 years at the time of his death, and he died at the Queen’s Medical Centre. 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”.
It should be noted that a final hearing will be held to give more details about the strange death of Samuel. But it isn’t taking place until March 22 of next year. Officials claim it will take up to three days, with two hearings planned.
With the community shaken over the incident, Kushal Sood, a Wollaton Lawyer, explained that citizens need to know what is happening to their children. “It is massively important to understand why these freak incidents happen. It was a similar incident last year. I think everyone wants 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.”
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Another resident, Ismail Khokon, added, “now it is a time for sadness, not explanations. I hope his family gets the closure they are seeking. Not only he [Samuel] is a loss to his parents, but also to Nottingham if he was a talented young player. The family is more important now. They should be given time to grieve their incredibly sad loss.”
Again, this isn’t the first story of its kind, as many teenagers and young adults have been collapsing with mysterious illnesses. In Chicago, Daniel Moshi suddenly passed away while practicing for an upcoming musical event at his school. According to his mother, Karolin Moshi, her son once dreamed of performing on Broadway. “It’s hard. It’s not easy. You can see my eyes. I’ve been crying. I can’t sleep. I haven’t slept since Friday. But it’s… I don’t know how to explain it… we believe what we believe in. The Lord is keeping us going. It’s not easy. We were supposed to buy him a car. We’re actually doing his funeral. It’s not easy. It’s not easy for any parent to go through this because we still don’t have answers.”