After a young sudden cardiac death expert pathology is essential. Coroners do not sometimes have the funds to access a service where they can refer complex cases to an expert pathologist. This means that, many deaths are simply recorded as unascertained or, incorrectly, such as epilepsy, asthma or drowning. Experts believe that most of these tragedies are due to sudden cardiac death.
In 2008 CRY’s fundraisers facilitated the establishment of the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology (CRY CCP) – a centre of excellence for a fast-track expert cardiac pathology service for bereaved families. The CRY CCP was originally based at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and is currently based at St George’s Hospital, Tooting.
Cost – Approximately £200,000 a year
Timeline – Ongoing