Wednesday 16 April 2014

Service for victims of sudden cardiac death

8 Dec 2013;  Sally Campbell, from Julianstown, Co. Meath, with a photo of her late son Francis, who died at 24.  SADS support group Christmas Memorial Sevice 2013. Church of Ireland Parish Church, Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Sally Campbell with a photo of her late son Francis, who died at 24. Photo: Caroline Quinn

THE heartbroken mother of a young man who died suddenly has warned that the fatal heart condition he suffered from is almost impossible to detect.

Sally Campbell, whose son Francis died in Thailand in 2005, aged just 24, said: "When we went out there and asked for a post-mortem, no cause of death was found.

"Afterwards, we discovered he had suffered some heart palpitations previously, so it was a case of putting the pieces together and the cause of death was given as cardio-respiratory failure, or SADS (sudden arrythmic death syndrome)."

Young people lost to sudden cardiac death were honoured yesterday at a memorial ceremony in Monkstown Church of Ireland, south Dublin.

The names of young people who tragically passed away were read out.

Celebrants Rev Patrick Lawrence and Fr Michael Coady invited the 30 families in attendance to light a candle for their loved ones.

The event was organised by SADS Ireland Support Group, which was set up in 2006.

Irish Independent

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