Racing-mad teenager Samuel Cheetham loses battle against heart condition

Bournemouth Echo: Racing-mad teenager Samuel Cheetham loses battle against heart condition Racing-mad teenager Samuel Cheetham loses battle against heart condition

A CAR racing-mad teen from Ringwood who had a life-limiting heart condition has died.

Samuel Cheetham, 15, a student at Ferndown Upper School, had been a patient of the Great Ormond Street Hospital since the age of four, after being diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.

It meant that his heart struggled to pump blood through his lungs, meaning he had a greater risk of heart failure, and received intravenous medication around the clock, through a pump in a rucksack.

Samuel featured in the Daily Echo in July last year, after winning the opportunity to be Bernie Ecclestone’s VIP guest at the 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The car racing-mad teen, who got to meet some of his heroes including Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, spoke to the Daily Echo after the event.

He said: “It was an amazing day.

“Jenson was a lot taller in real life and Lewis was way shorter.

“We got to watch all of the practice and all of the qualifying from the pits, from Copse and the Wellington Straight.

“The cars were phenomenal, especially the noise.”

His parents, Karen and Tim, also spoke of their pride for their son, with Karen saying at the time: “He is a stoic boy and we’re proud of Samuel.”

Dad Tim also said back in July 2012 that to see Samuel at the F1 racing event ‘was a really special moment’. Alex Wills, headteacher of Ferndown Upper School, described Samuel in a letter to parents as a highly respected and popular student. He added that he would be very sadly missed by the whole school community.

Mr Wills said that, out of respect, the school will hold a non-uniform day at the school on the same day of Samuel’s funeral.

He added that some of the teen’s school friends were also hoping to attend the service, taking place this Friday at Poole Crematorium at noon.

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12:11pm Tue 17 Sep 13

SAAB 9-3 says...

My 7 year old daughter has this condition, makes my heart break when I read this. Kindest regards to his family.
My 7 year old daughter has this condition, makes my heart break when I read this. Kindest regards to his family. SAAB 9-3
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12:31pm Tue 17 Sep 13

colbel says...

Very very sad, what a couragouse young man,RIP Sam.
Very very sad, what a couragouse young man,RIP Sam. colbel
  • Score: 5

5:06pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Rib-It! says...

To know this family personally is a pleasure and losing Sam must leave such a gaping hole in their lives. They're a true inspiration to us all in their outlook on day to day life. Nothing was easy but nothing ever seemed to stop them. bkess you all Karen, Tim and Emma, Sam will always touch your lives he was a true light!
To know this family personally is a pleasure and losing Sam must leave such a gaping hole in their lives. They're a true inspiration to us all in their outlook on day to day life. Nothing was easy but nothing ever seemed to stop them. bkess you all Karen, Tim and Emma, Sam will always touch your lives he was a true light! Rib-It!
  • Score: 3

5:51pm Tue 17 Sep 13

caz maz says...

My prayers and thoughts go to Sam's family at this devastating time. Fly high young man!
xxx
CHD mum
My prayers and thoughts go to Sam's family at this devastating time. Fly high young man! xxx CHD mum caz maz
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5:38pm Wed 18 Sep 13

Jessellie says...

Breath easy now young man xx. As a mother of a child with this horrible condition my love and best wishesalso go out to anyone that knew him xx
Breath easy now young man xx. As a mother of a child with this horrible condition my love and best wishesalso go out to anyone that knew him xx Jessellie
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5:56pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Southern.geordie says...

Quite simply, Sam was one of the nicest student I have ever known or taught. Always so positive. Always with a smile on his face. A remarkable young man. Rest in peace Sam. Thoughts with his remarkable family.
Quite simply, Sam was one of the nicest student I have ever known or taught. Always so positive. Always with a smile on his face. A remarkable young man. Rest in peace Sam. Thoughts with his remarkable family. Southern.geordie
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12:39pm Fri 20 Sep 13

sunshine64 says...

My heart goes out to Sam's parent's , my daughter suffers a lot of bullying at school and she said she could always rely on Sam to make her laugh and feel so much better. Young Sam is going to to be truly missed by anyone that new him. Rest in piece Sam with all our love xxx
My heart goes out to Sam's parent's , my daughter suffers a lot of bullying at school and she said she could always rely on Sam to make her laugh and feel so much better. Young Sam is going to to be truly missed by anyone that new him. Rest in piece Sam with all our love xxx sunshine64
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