Samuel Orola died in Tolworth Infants' School playground.
Schoolboy Samuel Orola died when he suffered a heart attack after an accident in a school playground, an inquest has concluded. The five-year-old collapsed in the adventure playground in Tolworth Infants School during lunch break on Thursday, September 15, last year. A jury at South West London Coroner’s Court has this morning concluded that Samuel suffered a vagal cardiac arrest after an accident of an "uncertain nature." The only witness to the devastating scene was another five-year old schoolboy, who cannot be named.
The schoolboy suggested Samuel, who was believed to be playing on a climbing frame, may have done a roly poly, a headstand and fallen from a bench, before collapsing, the inquest heard.
The inquest also heard two supervisors were overseeing about 30 Year 1 children in the adventure playground, which consisted of slides, monkey bars, a climbing frame, a tower and a tunnel.
Head of play safety for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents David Yearly said he inspected the playground on September 20, last year, and found it fit for purpose. Coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe said it was a “very difficult situation” and understood it could be “a little difficult” to piece together the events leading up to Samuel’s death.
Verdict: Accidental death.