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Schoolgirl, ten, ‘died for six minutes’ when her heart stopped before medics saved her life with CPR

A schoolgirl ‘died’ for six minutes in her mother’s arms after her heart stopped because of a rare condition which caused her throat to close up. 

Scarlett Langton, 10, who suffers from asthma, said to her mother ‘don’t let me die’ before collapsing and turning blue outside a doctor’s surgery in Denton, Manchester.

Scarlett had no pulse or heart rate for six minutes but survived after being given CPR by medical staff who rushed out of the surgery to help.  

Schoolgirl Scarlett Langton, 10, who suffers from asthma, said to her mother ‘don’t let me die’ before collapsing and turning blue outside a doctor’s surgery in Denton, Manchester

The little girl was later found to be suffering from Acute Bronchospasm, which is linked to asthma and causes the airways to narrow, the Manchester Evening News reported.  

Medics found the episode was caused by Acute Bronchospasm – a condition linked to asthma in which the airways narrow.

Scarlett’s first began feeling ill after waking up to go to school on Thursday, May 9, and complained of a sore throat. 

Her mother, Claire Langton, 39, said because of her daughter having a few allergies such as hay fever, she ‘didn’t think anything of it’.

Scarlett then had trouble breathing as the day progressed and her mother noticed that she was using her asthma inhaler an ‘awful lot’ when she picked her up from school.

Ms Langton then went with Scarlett and her sister, Ebony, 9, to pick up her youngest daughter, Amber, 3, from nursery and Scarlett’s condition got worse. 

The little girl was later found to be suffering from Acute Bronchospasm, which is linked to asthma and causes the airways to narrow. Above: Scarlett (right) with her mother Claire Langton, 38, and sister Ebony

The little girl was later found to be suffering from Acute Bronchospasm, which is linked to asthma and causes the airways to narrow. Above: Scarlett (right) with her mother Claire Langton, 38, and sister Ebony

Scarlett's first began feeling ill after waking up to go to school on Thursday, May 9, and complained of a sore throat

Scarlett’s first began feeling ill after waking up to go to school on Thursday, May 9, and complained of a sore throat

‘She was in a state of panic. (The inhaler) didn’t seem to be working,’ Ms Langton said. 

Scarlett then turned a blueish, grey colour and told her mother ‘don’t let me die’ before collapsing outside Milgate Health Centre, in Denton. 

‘I picked her up and grabbed her with my arms’, her mother said. 

‘It looked to me like she’d died. Everyone was crying and shouting. I can’t say whether she was breathing, but she had no pulse. 

Scarlett had turned a blueish, grey colour before she collapsed outside Milgate Health Centre (pictured), in Denton, Manchester

Scarlett had turned a blueish, grey colour before she collapsed outside Milgate Health Centre (pictured), in Denton, Manchester

‘It was so dramatic, in the space of minutes,’ she added. 

Medics from the surgery then came to Scarlett’s aid and gave her CPR after she went into cardiac arrest. 

They brought out a defibrillator which gave instructions not to give a shock.   

Her pulse then came back faintly and she regained consciousness before the family were taken in an ambulance to Manchester Children’s Hospital. 

Her pulse then came back faintly and she regained consciousness before the family were taken in an ambulance to Manchester Children's Hospital (pictured)

Her pulse then came back faintly and she regained consciousness before the family were taken in an ambulance to Manchester Children’s Hospital (pictured)

After further treatment, Scarlett was released on the evening of Saturday, May 11. 

Speaking of her  daughter’s condition, her mother said: ‘I had never heard of Bronchospasm. Scarlett had said she felt a bit strange. 

‘She didn’t say that something was wrong. It just started with a bit of a wheeze.’ 

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