A woman whose son died of an underlying heart condition is hosting her first cardiac screening since the pandemic. Angela Butler, 63, from Wolsanton, lost her sporty son Nathan from a sudden heart attack when he was just 16.
Nathan, who has an older brother Josh, now 29, collapsed and died at his home in Wolsanton in 2006. He suffered a cardiac arrest due to an undetected enlarged heart muscle caused by a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and was found dead in his bedroom by his mum when she returned from work eight hours later.
Since then, Angela and husband Philip, 61, have run numerous cardiac screenings in association with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) for people aged 14 to 35 to detect underlying heart conditions.
This is a job to be done. And it’s about getting the awareness out there.”
The event is organised by CRY, who provide their mobile screening unit complete with all equipment, technicians and a cardiac doctor. This weekend’s screening – which was fully booked within two days of being advertised – will cost approximately £10,000 and is funded by the CRY Nathan Butler Memorial Fund.