Chigwell PE teacher’s quick thinking saves student’s life

PUBLISHED: 09:36 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:36 22 November 2016

SADS UK patron Dr Hilary Jones, Noah Baron-Cohen, Ashley White and Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK

SADS UK patron Dr Hilary Jones, Noah Baron-Cohen, Ashley White and Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK


A PE teacher has been awarded for his life-saving heroics after he kept a cool head when a student at his school suffered a cardiac arrest.

Ashley White, from Chester Road, Chigwell, intervened when Noah Baron-Cohen, a year 11 student at JCoSS, a Jewish secondary school in Barnet, collapsed during a PE GCSE exam in April.

“I wasn’t actually his teacher and I got called across to help him out,” said Ashley.

“He was laying there unresponsive and he was put in the recovery position, I took him out of the position and started performing CPR.

“I knew what I needed to do and just got on with it, I didn’t really think I just did what was necessary.”

Ashley and the medical services managed to keep Noah alive long enough to be transferred to hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma.

Noah was fortunately able to go home within two weeks of the incident and was in attendance to witness Ashley receive the Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome UK (SADS) lifesaver award at Carlton House Terrace, in Westminster, on Saturday evening.

Ashley said he was “humbled and thrilled” to accept the award and was pleased to have helped Noah survive the ordeal.

“I want to acknowledge the support of my colleagues and students at JCoSS. Additionally I want to say thank you to my friends and family who supported me throughout this traumatic time,” said Ashley.

“I am thankful JCoSS put me through the necessary training which gave me the confidence to contribute to the saving of Noah’s life.”

Noah’s mum, Angelique Brook, thanked Ashley and said if it wasn’t for his quick thinking her son wouldn’t be alive today.

“We will be forever grateful for Ashley for the actions he took that day,” said Angelique.

“The actions of Mr White not only saved Noah’s life, it ensured he had oxygen which prevented any damage to his brain.

“Without Mr White being at the school that day - we would not have our son here tonight.’

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