No explanation for death of popular Gretton teenager

The inquest recorded an open verdict

The inquest recorded an open verdict

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The inquest into the death of a popular Gretton teenager concluded there was no medical explanation for his sudden heart attack.

14-year-old Jack Thompson died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after he suffered a cardiac arrest at his home on March 8 this year.

The inquest into his death in Kettering yesterday (Thursday, October 15) heard Jack was found “lifeless on the sofa” by his mother with a can of deodorant in his hand. She said he may have just had a shower.

He was given CPR and then airlifted to hospital, but died four days later.

The Uppingham Community College student was described as ‘a happy, healthy and active child who was a bit of a daredevil’, who would often be found at Corby’s indoor skateboarding venue Adrenaline Alley with his friends.

Great Ormond Street paediatric pathology consultant Dr L Kiho said there was no medical explanation for Jack’s heart attack.

She said: “After collapsing Jack would have suffered from hypoxic brain damage but there is no medical explanation for his death.

“There is the possibility of an underlying heart condition but given his family history that is highly unlikely.”

Recording an open verdict, senior coroner Anne Pember said: “This was a tragic and untimely death of someone sadly found by his mother.

“There is no evidence he may have inhaled the deodorant and we have been unable to find the cause of his death.

“It is for that reason that I am recording an open verdict.”

 

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