Monday 22 January 2018

Teenager dies from heart attack while playing on his Xbox

The Xbox One console
The Xbox One console

Dan Johnson

A teenager with an undiagnosed heart condition died after suffering a heart attack while playing on his Xbox.

Jake Gallagher’s mother believes the excitement of playing Sonic The Hedgehog, his favourite game, triggered his collapse.

The 16-year-old - who had Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome - was revived by paramedics but declared brain dead after two days on life support.

His mother Sarah Pyatt, 46, told The Sun: “Sonic the Hedgehog was his favourite. He would get over-excited, jumping up and down, screaming at the screen.”

Jake, from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, died on a visit to see his grandmother Irene Gallagher, 72, in April.

Doctors at Watford General Hospital said his brain had been starved of oxygen which meant it was unlikely he would survive.

Professor Sanjay Sharma, of St George’s Hospital in South West London, told the newspaper: “There is a definite risk in predisposed young people playing video games that causes surges of adrenalin in the blood.”

Jake, who suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, had not had heart screening which has not been made compulsory by the Government.

His mother, also from Dunstable, has joined the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young to encourage screening.

She said: “Screening should be mandatory for all young people. It’s so important families are aware – then they can avoid losing their child like I lost Jake.”

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