‘Heart screening clinics will help prevent Sudden Death Syndrome’

October 14, 2018


HEARTFELT PLEA: Juliet Lamin is pictured here with her late son Philip. “I would be so delighted if local businesses and individuals like you can help sponsor or some young people to be there to benefit from activities on the night. Please let’s join us and maximise the chances of cardiac survival in our community.” This picture is courtesy of Juliet Lamin.


GLOBAL ATTENTION: Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the pitch during a Premiership game between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers in 2012 and was seen around the world by millions. Muamba’s heart stopped for 78 minutes but he miraculously survived. Picture courtesy of Struway.



A MOTHER from Christchurch is on a personal mission to give a lasting legacy to the memory of her son.

In February 2013 Juliet Lamin received the worst news any parent can have when her son Philip collapsed and died following a game of soccer with some friends in London.

Six months earlier it couldn’t have been more contrasting as Philip was being scouted by Fulham for their under-16 football team. She didn’t have the time to properly say goodbye.

‘Footballer’s plight caught the world’s attention’

The most highlighted case of “sudden death syndrome” in young adults that caught the public attention was when footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed during a Premership game between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers in 2012.

Fabrice’s heart stopped for 78 minutes but luckily for him, a heart surgeon was in the crowd watching and came onto to the pitch to help resuscitate him. He made a miraculous recovery.

SDS is an umbrella term used to describe the many different causes of cardiac arrest in young people. These conditions include thickening or abnormal structure of the heart muscle or irregularities of the electical impulses that upset the natural rhythm of the heart.

‘Young people may not show obvious symptoms’

SDS events are described as “non-traumatic, non-violent unexpected occurrences” from cardiac arres within as little as six hours of previously witnessed normal health.

These conditions can be diagnosed with a Electro Cardiogram (ECG) if a young person is referred to with palpitations, dizziness, fainting, chest pains or breathlessness.

As referred in the 2013 Flatline documentary, a young person may not necessarily be referred by a GP for an ECG at hospital on the basis of their concerns if they have none of the above symptoms or have no problem of heart disease in their family, so this facilitates the necessity for having these clinics.

‘One in 300 screened will have a serious condition’

In the documentary, Steve Cox, director of screening for the charity, Cardiac Risk In the Young, said this: “One in 300 people will have a potentially life-threatening condition that we screen so today there is a chance someone will be identified with a very serious condition.

“One in 100 people will have a less serious condition but one which could cause a problem later on in their life. Up to about one or two years ago the vast majority of people who came for active screening actually knew someone who had died suddenly within their local community or know someone who died who had no symptoms, they suddenly feel at risk.”

‘Can you help 200 young people get screened?’

To make this practical to cover the costs of having a screening for a cardiologist and his team and stay locally, there must a minimum of 200 young people who are willing to be screened. it costs the equivalent of £50 to cover the costs of an ECG screening for a young person.

‘We want all young people screened in Bournemouth’

Juliet, formerly from London, said: “Since 2013 to date I have refused for the death of my son to be in vain, so I have been raising awareness of this silent killer that crept in unannounced and claims the lives of 12 fit, healthy young people every week.

“We want to raise funds for 300 people living in the Bournemouth area to access free heart screening to help maximise their chances of survival.

‘Can a local business help sponsor us on the night?’

“I would be so delighted if local businesses and individuals like you can help sponsor or some young people.. Please let’s join us and maximise the chances of cardiac survival in our community.”

If anyone would like to participate in the ball or would like to any help at this event or any business would like to sponsor some young people to receive this clinical trial, please contact Juliet on Facebook through this link or message her.

  • THE editor would like to thank Kinga Orlinska for introducing Juliet to Karl, an occasional subject to this platform, and myself and we were struck by her personal courage and campaigning zeal.

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