The Mail, 19th July 2019
BAE Systems Apprentices in Barrow received free heart screenings organised by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at the suggestion of David Hughes, whose 28 year old son, Daniel, passed away suddenly of an undiagnosed heart condition in 2015. This condition was later diagnosed as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) and since his death, his parents have worked with CRY to provide heart screenings for young people between the ages of 14 and 35; screenings which can detect underlying heart conditions like the one which took Daniel’s life.
“From my own personal experience, having lost my son at the age of 28 from an undiagnosed heart condition, I can’t stress enough the importance of attending if you have an appointment,” said David. “It only takes 15 minutes to have the ECG and, if it picks an issue up, the CRY team is on hand to provide advice.”
Of the 101 BAE Systems apprentices who signed up for the screening event, two were referred for further testing and one have been recommended to have another test in the future.
According to David: “These figures show just how important screening is, the two young people who have been referred had no idea they had a problem when they arrived for work yesterday morning. I hope this is the start of a regular series of testing that could potentially save a life.”