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Tragedy of Sam, 11; WORLD TODAY.

THE parents of a schoolboy who died after an asthma attack called for better first aid procedures for teachers after a coroner criticised a lack of staff training at his school.

Samuel Linton, 11, pictured, from Stockport, Cheshire, suffered an asthma attack at the town's Offerton High School but was left with only his inhaler for several hours until his mother was called and took him to hospital, where he died two hours later.

Yesterday his devastated parents and their lawyers demanded that lessons needed to be learned at schools across the country, to ensure another death like Samuel's was avoided. The boy's parents, Paul and Karen Linton, said: "Samuel was a wonderful son.

"The inquest highlighted what happened at school that day and the thought that his death may have been prevented is too much to bear." A jury at the inquest into his death recorded a verdict of death by natural causes, significantly contributed to by neglect on an individual and systemic level.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 18, 2010
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