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Bexleyheath Academy given defibrillator to honour tragic teen Philip Lamin

PUBLISHED: 13:59 03 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 June 2013

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Life-saving heart equipment is being donated to Bexleyheath Academy to honour a student who died from a cardiac arrest earlier this year.

Philip Lamin was 16 when he collapsed and died while playing football on February 5.

The Arrhythmia Alliance are donating a defibrillator worth £1,200 as part of their Hearts and Goals campaign.

A defibrillator, which costs £1,200, shocks someone’s heart back into rhythm if they suffer cardiac failure. They can be used by anyone and do not require training.

The campaign is supported by former footballer Fabrice Muamba, who had a cardiac arrest during a match in March last year but survived. The 25-year-old also sent a letter to the academy offering his condolences soon after Philip died.

Philip’s head of Year 11 Tracey Boswell said: “This is fantastic and is a lasting tribute to Philip.

“The strength of feeling since he passed away has been so strong and the energy of his friends and the whole school to do something positive has been overwhelming.

“It is a testament to how popular Philip was and just how much he is missed by everyone.

“We don’t know if the device would have saved Philip but by having the device at the school we now know everyone is protected.”

The charity’s Heart Rhythm Week starts today (June 3).

Two events have been arranged to remember Philip. There will be a charity football match on June 23 at Parkwood Leisure Centre in Avenue Road, Erith, and an open-air concert at the academy in Woolwich Road on July 5.

For more information email tboswell@bexleyheathacademy.org.

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