Posted by Bob Trenkamp on 04/01/2012

My sympathy to the family and friends.

This tragedy underscores the urgent need for having an AED and at least two trained persons at every athletic contest or practice. You can help by writing to the school authorities and advocating this. You can help even more by raising the funds to support this. This isn't something that happens in someone else's neighborhood - it could happen in yours tomorrow. We need to stop the needless death of hundreds of school children every year!
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Tragedy as Hagley teen collapses and dies during rugby match
By Sarah Beard 21/03 Updated: 24/03 08:52
Read more: Tragedy as Hagley teen collapses and dies during rugby match | Bromsgrove Standard

A HAGLEY teenager has died after his heart stopped beating during a school rugby match.

Luke Chapman, 16, collapsed on the pitch at around 4.30pm, yesterday (Tuesday) and members of the public carried out CPR, until ambulance crews arrived and continued resusicitation attempts.

He was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital from the field at Baxter College, Kidderminster, but was confirmed dead shortly after arrival.
The youngster, from Haybridge High School, Hagley, was playing in a match against the Habberley Road college.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service, spokesperson, said: "Crews arrived to find the boy was not breathing and advanced life support was carried out at the scene.

"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews and hospital staff, nothing could be done to save the boy and he passed away shortly after arriving at hospital."

Caroline Hoddinott, Luke's headteacher, said: "As a school we have experienced a tragic loss.

"Our thoughts are with family and friends.

"Thank you for all your support and prayers at this time."

Luke had affilliations with Worcester Warriors and Worcester RFC.

A statement was issued by the players and staff of Worcester Warriors and the president, chairman, committee and members of Worcester Rugby Football Club.
In it, they expressed sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Luke, who was an aspiring rugby player.

"Our immediate thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.

"We would also like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to his school friends, his rugby club and the team they were playing.

"All parties have a close relationship with Worcester Warriors.

"Such sad news has a devastating impact on everyone involved in rugby and the news of such a tragic loss has devastated our entire rugby community," the statement added.

Since the tragedy, dozens of tributes have been posted on Luke's Facebook wall and more than 1,600 people have already joined the 'RIP Luke Chapman' memorial page created on the social network site.

Emily Wilkinson said: "I've only known you since year 7 but it feels like I've known you my whole life.

"I haven't stopped crying since I found out, but every tear I have cried, has been worth it. I will miss you so much."

Dan Sinfield said: "RIP mate, all I can say is you were my best mate and I loved you, you will always be in my mind ?."

And Ben Clarke simply asked: "Why you? ? ? ?."

On the memorial page, one comment stated: "I walked into school and there was total silence.

"So heartbreakingly sad, yet so inspiringly beautiful. So much respect for a great lad."