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Lily’s legacy funds heart tests for 200 young people in Stowmarket

More than 200 young people have been given a free heart screening at Stowmarket High School ANL-140307-103458001

More than 200 young people have been given a free heart screening at Stowmarket High School ANL-140307-103458001

The mother of a 15-year-old girl who died of sudden adult death syndrome in 2012 has helped to organise heart screenings for more than 200 young people in Suffolk.

Lily Webster died suddenly during a trampoline lesson at Stowmarket High School from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Since her death, her mum Melanie has worked to spread awareness about heart conditions in young people and has raised money to pay for free heart screenings at the school.

On Monday and Tuesday, more than 200 young people underwent ECG heart tests under the keen eye of cardiologist Dr Aneil Malhotra.

Melanie said: “All too often when something scary like this happens to someone you know people say it couldn’t happen to them.

“The fact these young people have faced the screening is very brave.

“Sudden death syndrome is happening to 12 people in the UK every week and you don’t have to look far to see that. To screen 200 people is great but it is still a small proportion of the population.”

Melanie said they planned to conduct screenings again next year.

The tests were conducted by physiologists an cardiologists from heart charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry).

Tony Mills, the charity’s family screening manager, said the 10-minute screening was quick and easy.

“When they come in they have their height and weight measured and have an ECG.

“If anything is the matter we can give them an ultra sound on their heart.

“The results go back to our doctor and the results given to the client on the day.

“It is a one-stop shop.”

Keith Penn, headteacher of Stowmarket High School, said it was great that something positive had come from such a tragic incident.

“Lily’s death hit the school really, really hard and in the follow up our students wanted to do something positive.

“We are delighted how well the heart screening has gone and plan to do it again next year.”

To find out more about the charity visit www.c-r-y.org.uk

 

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