Family of Josh Fell supporting cardiac risk campaign
The family of a teenage boy who died from a rare heart condition are supporting a campaign to help raise awareness of cardiac risk in young people.
Josh Fell died after suffering from sudden arrhythmia death syndrome in 2011 after a kick-about with friends on Hornsea School's field. He was 15 years old.Young people between the ages of 14 and 35 are now being invited to attend Hornsea School and Language College for an electrocardiogram (ECG) on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, as part of The CRY (Cardiac Risk In The Young) screening event.
An ECG is a quick and painless procedure that records the electrical activity of the heart.
Josh's parents, Richard and Donna said: "The CRY (Cardiac Risk In The Young) Screening event is being held in memory of our son Josh who we lost in June 2011.
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"Once we found out that Josh had died from SADS we got in touch with CRY and we decided that we wanted to raise money to fund Heart Screening Events in our local area to give other people the chance to have an ECG. These could potentially pick up on any underlying heart conditions."If we'd had this opportunity to have Josh screened at this type of event he may well still be here today. It is essential that we raise awareness and money to fund these events in the future to help prevent other families going through the heartache that we have.
"If one person can have a underlying condition picked up on then we know that Josh didn't die in vain. Josh's Legacy will live on and we will continue to raise funds to fund future screening."
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart is also supporting the campaign.
He said: "I will be attending this event that has been organised by Richard and Donna Fell who tragically lost their son Josh to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).
"This is a term used to describe genetic heart rhythm abnormalities that can cause sudden death in young, apparently healthy people. Up to 600 people under the age of 30 die in the UK each year from undiagnosed cardiac failure."Places are filling up fast for the event. Anyone interested in attending should visit www.testmyheart.org to book an appointment.