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Sudden Adult Death Syndrome screening for 100 people organised by family of Claire Reed
10:15am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A HUNDRED people are today taking part in Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) screening sessions organised by the family of a young Hampshire woman who died from the rare heart condition.
Loved ones of Claire Reed are hosting what is the county's first mass testing session at Fleming Park Leisure Centre - six months after the condition claimed the Eastleigh accountant's life.
The screening - which was booked up within 24 hours - provides testing for 100 youngsters aged 14-35 and is run in partnership with the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity which raises awareness of the illness.
Claire's father Graham Hunter, 60, from Salwey Road, Botley, said: “Our object today is also to raise awareness of SADS and make people aware that more than 12 people a week who are otherwise fit and healthy are dying from it.
“Italy has been screening for this for 25 years and they have reduced Deaths from SADS by 90 per cent.”
The family is in talks with CRY to host screenings next year.
On average SADS kills 12 young people a week and footballer Fabrice Muamba is among the fortunate survivors.
In June the family and CRY experts held a meeting with health secretary Jeremy Hunt to lobby for screenings to be available for free.
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