Tests for family struck by tragedies

12 people are screened for sudden death condition

Twelve members of a family have undergone medical tests after a mother and son both died unexpectedly 20 years apart.

Test results have come back clear for 12 relatives of Margaret Banks, whose daughter and grandson died suddenly, although two further members of her family are still going through the screening process to see if they are susceptible.

Mrs Banks wants to raise awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) after a pathologist yesterday said her grandson Ryan Hulme had fallen victim to the condition.

Mr Hulme, aged 19, died suddenly at his home in Oldfield Street, Fenton, as he answered his mobile phone.

North Staffordshire coroner Ian Smith ruled that he died of natural causes after pathologist Dr Gillian Douce said she believed the cause of Mr Hulme