Kickboxer, 14, died after ‘fluke’ blow to the chest

A teenage kickboxer died because of a medical “fluke”, when a blow to his chest caused him to go into cardiac arrest during a fight.

Scott Marsden, 14, collapsed in the final seconds of the fifth round of a fight in Leeds in March 2017.

According to consultant paediatric pathologist Kerry Turner, Scott died from commotio cordis, a rare disruption of the heart’s rhythm caused by a direct blow at a specific moment in the heart beat cycle.

Speaking at Scott’s inquest, Dr Turner explained there are three elements to this condition…
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