St. John’s Antigua- Relatives of the teenager who collapsed and died suddenly at Adele School for Children with Special Needs are baffled as to what may have caused his death given that he has never had any health problems.
Fourteen-year-old Nyne Tweed Simon, of Potters, reportedly collapsed on the playground in the schoolyard at around noon on Thursday.
Teachers performed CPR but the procedure did not help.
The child’s grandfather, Roy Browne, said Simon was born with a hole in his heart but it never affected him.
The relative said the child has had regular medical check ups and doctors assured them the hole was closing and the heart was functioning well.
“They said the hole was closing nicely and everything would be okay so we don’t think that caused him to collapse. We just have to wait for the post mortem and the inquest on Monday,” Browne said.
He added, “He was always very active. He rode his bike, played, had fun and did everything like a normal child.”
He said the only deficiency Simon had was his inability to grasp reading and writing.
“But he had a sharp memory and could sing, remember melodies and poems when you teach it to him. He just had to hear it,” Browne said.
The grandfather said the dead teenager was his best friend whom he helped raise from birth.
He said on the day of the teen’s death, he took the school bus as he normally did.