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Parents devastated after teen son whose ‘smile would melt anybody’ died after heart attack

today24 June 2022

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Samuel Cole Green was affectionately named “Super Sam” by his proud parents after he endured repeated operations in his short life before his death at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. His parents paid tribute to their “super hero son” after a coroner had heard the circumstances surrounding the tragic 13-year-old’s death.

Mum Elaine Green, 48, who lives with husband and Samuel’s dad, Philip, 46, in Long Eaton, fought back tears over the death of Samuel as a a narrative conclusion was given into his sudden death on July 8, 2021.

Samuel had ischemic hypoxic brain injury at birth where baby’s brain does not receive enough oxygen and/or blood flow around the time of birth. He made an initial cry and was breathing but briefly stopped breathing.

He was helped with his breathing and then discharged to a postnatal ward.

The inquest heard he had an extensive stroke at some point – when is not known. Assistant coroner for Nottinghamshire, Elizabeth Didcock, made a finding on the, “balance of probabilities”, Samuel’s cerebral palsy was caused by an extensive stroke sometime before June 6, 2008.

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Damage to his brain showed up on an MRI scan at ten weeks.

Last summer he suffered a cardiac arrest at home, which was unsurvivable, and led directly to death, the inquest heard. His cause of death was cardio respiratory arrest, secondary to airway obstruction and complications of lifelong severe cerebral palsy, and the medical findings in his brain at three months.

Mrs Green said: “Sam was a cheeky little chappy. His smile would melt anybody. People wanted his eyelashes; he had beautiful eyes.

“He went through some tough times and he always had a smile for us. He was full of giggles”.

Samuel had severe cerebral palsy – medically known as ‘Level 5’. He needed assistance with all daily activities, and he was cared for by his devoted parents with the support of medical professionals.

Although his condition was known to be life-limiting, it did nothing to stop the family getting on with their lives with Samuel. They even went on holiday to Lanzarote with him, and were, “treated like royalty going through the airport!”, said Mrs Green, who is a special needs teaching assistant at the school her son attended.

“He was a very happy little boy when he was well. My sister, Kathryn Knight, and her partner, Lee Cockerham, have been wonderful. Ellie (Samuel’s sister) has been the most amazing sister.

“Ellie’s life got put on hold from the age of six. That’s what happens, unfortunately. She’d do anything for her brother and took it all in her stride.

“He was our ‘Super Sam’; he was a super hero because he went through so many operations through his life and he always smiled”.

Marvel fan Mr Green is thankful they had 18 special months at home with Samuel during the pandemic. “We were the only people thankful for lockdown”.

Maha Abbasi, litigation assistant, and solicitior Nicholas Truelove, of Thompsons Solicitors, Nottingham, attended the inquest with the Green family. He told Nottinghamshire Live following the inquest: “We are going to start now our investigation process. It is a very sad event that has befallen the family. At the moment they are just looking for answers”.

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