A WINCHESTER school has now invested in much-needed medical equipment after a school boy in Romsey nearly died.

As previously reported in the Chronicle, 16-year-old Mountbatten School pupil Sam Mangoro suffered from a heart attack and was only saved as a result of the timely use of a defibrillator.

Sam’s life was saved by trained members of staff when he had a cardiac arrest during a PE lesson.

Now the Parent Staff Association at The Westgate School have purchased a defibrillator using the proceeds from a recent quiz night.

Headteacher Paul Nicholson said: "I am delighted that we have been able to learn from the recent experience at Mountbatten and ensure that all those who visit us and use our facilities have confidence in our having trained colleagues and appropriate equipment, should the need arise".

Sam’s dad Micheal Mangoro, of Romsey, said doctors are now working out if Sam will require a pacemaker.

He said: “We are just waiting for test results now to find out what we can do for further treatment. A heart operation is one option and another is having something like a pacemaker. It is all up in the air at the moment but Sam is recovering well.

“It is still a bit of a mystery over how he ended up here in the first place so we are at the stage where we are waiting to see what we can do to stop it happening again.”