Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions.
Thanks to your support, Global’s Make Some Noise have been able to support Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) – a charity working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death.
CRY works to promote and develop heart screening programmes, support those diagnosed with cardiac conditions through their myheart network and offer bereavement support to young people affected by a sudden cardiac death. Funding from Global’s Make Some Noise has helped to provide heart screening sessions for 100 young people, and support a meeting of 10 young people diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.
After experiencing palpitations during a game of football, JB became concerned about his health. He was told the incident was linked to panic attacks. Luckily, the sixth form student decided to take part in a CRY screening at his school. It was following this, that he was then diagnosed with the potentially life threatening condition, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.
JB was treated with medication, which made him so nauseous that he could not participate in the sports he loved. He was also distraught at the risk of dying so young, and felt isolated, frustrated and a sense of injustice at his diagnosis. JB was referred to CRY’s “myheart” support group which helped him cope.
Now, aged 22, JB has had a successful an operation on his condition – and has gone on to pass his A-levels and complete his university degree with a smile on his face!