Cumbria Crack, 17th July 2019
The BAE Systems apprentices were tested for underlying heart conditions on Wednesday 17th July in Barrow. The heart screening event was organised by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at the suggestion of David Hughes. In 2015, David’s son, Daniel, passed away suddenly at 28 years old due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Since then, David and his family have worked with CRY to raise awareness of conditions that can cause young, sudden cardiac death. Over 100 of the Barrow BAE Systems apprentices signed up for the heart screening.
“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,” David said. “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.”
He added: “It’s great that BAE Systems has decided to screen a number of their new apprentices here in Barrow. We had over one hundred people sign up and I hope this is the start of a regular series of testing that could change and potentially save a life.”