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Boy, 14, critical after swimming pool cardiac arrest

[A] child is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a medical episode while in a swimming pool in Levenshulme.

At around 5.10pm on Thursday 12 May 2016, police and paramedics were called to Arcadia Leisure Centre on Yew Tree Avenue, Levenshulme, following reports that a 14-year-old boy had suffered a medical episode.

Officers attended and found the staff of the leisure centre attempting to resuscitate the child.

Paramedics immediately took over and conveyed the child to Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he remains in a critical condition.

Detective Sergeant Carol Waup said: “We are still trying to ascertain exactly what led this young boy to suffer such a serious medical episode.

“He remains in a critical condition, and are thoughts are with him and his family at this incredibly difficult time.

“I would also like to commend the leisure centre staff, who conducted themselves with utmost professionalism in very difficult circumstances and gave the child constant medical assistance and CPR until the paramedics arrived.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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