Boy, 16, Has Heart Attack After Taking GCSE Exams And Is Now Fighting For His Life

By : Rebecca Knight |


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One 16 year old who suffered a cardiac arrest during his GCSE exams is now fighting for his life after being taken to hospital.

Exams in German, ICT and Maths had just concluded at Uckfield Community Technology College, West Sussex, when emergency services were called as horrified pupils and staff looked on after the boy had a heart attack.


The boy was later revealed to be Joshua Efford, and his mother thanked everyone involved for their kind words and support. She wrote:

Just wanted to say it was my son Joshua who was taken ill today.

He had a cardiac arrest and is in a induced coma at the moment. He is still with us thanks to the wonderful staff at UCTC.

He will be having detailed scans tomorrow. Thank you all for your kind words xxx

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The fact that he had a heart attack is obviously seriously worrying for her and potentially hints at an underlying condition, and other parents at the school have also taken to Facebook to support the family.

One mother wrote:

My lad caught him as he fell towards his table and was obviously quite traumatised but, once again, the school not only looked after the poor lad but my son as well. We are all sending positive thoughts and love to him and his family

Many other parents have also posted messages of support and well wishes on social media, and it seems that not only are the school community rallying around but that wider Facebook community are sending support as well.

Here are some of the messages of support:

Vikki Foster: “Hope he is doing okay thinking of you and your family x.”

Nyree Earley: “Thinking of you all and well done to the staff at UCTC x.”

Lauren Swain: “Our family is praying for his speedy recovery x.”

Christine Whithorn: “Hope he gets well soon xxx.”

Sharon Owen: “Get well soon, Josh. Thinking of you all.”

Penny Parsons: “Thinking of you all. Sending lots of love your way. xxx.”