The mother of a teenager hacked to death with a sword is calling for first aid kits designed specifically to treat stab wounds to be accessible in public places.
Yemi Hughes son, Andre Aderemi, 19, was brutally murdered in Croydon, south London, almost exactly four years ago on August 16, 2016.
Aspiring rapper Andre’s killers were pupils at a school where Yemi, a teacher, worked.
Yemi, 41, has now launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise £5,000 for 50 so-called ‘bleed kits’ to be placed in shops and transport hubs. It is hoped the kits will be able to save lives by administering first aid in the critical seconds before paramedics and police arrive.
They contain equipment including gauze, to stem severe bleeding, a chest seal dressing, a tourniquet, gloves and scissors.
Writing on the Go Fund Me page, Yemi said: ‘In honour and remembrance of my 1st born son, Andre Aderemi I will campaign through August to try to get as many of these kits into the public and accessible to local communities so that lives can be preserved.
‘Too many of our children are dying on our streets and this is not only having an effect on the families and friends that have lost their loved one, but also community members that have to witness these events and then have to live with the fact that someone has been killed and died outside their living room window or pavement on their street.
‘These kits can be easily used by anyone and they can help to save lives, not only for youth violence such a shootings or stabbings, but for any incident where the victim is bleeding.’
More than 300 bleed kits were installed at venues across the City of London last year – but they are currently not in place across the capital.
Yemi told the Evening Standard: ‘When my son was stabbed, I’d like to think one of these kits used by a member of the public could have kept him alive until paramedics came.
‘Time is vital. One stab wound is all it takes for a youngster to bleed to death.
‘Even though Andre was killed, I’d like to see these out there and readily available. It’s about preventing loss of life and I’m happy to get as many bleed kids as I can.
‘I want Andre’s death not to be just another senseless murder but a catalyst for change.’
Yemi bravely revealed her agony over Andre’s untimely death, describing how she had her ‘dark moments’.
The Old Bailey heard in 2017 how Andre had been attacked when a feud over a girl ‘escalated out of control’.
Ali Zahawy and Rodney Musaka were found guilty of murder after a trial at the court and sentenced to life with a minimum of 22 years behind bars.
Fabio Cela was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 16 years.
Jamell Lonergan admitted manslaughter and was jailed for 10 years.
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