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NEW MALDEN’S VILLAGE VOICE
Sudden Adult Death Syndrome www.ourkt3.com
by Urmi Desai
of over 20 years, has dramatically reduced the
This article appeared in the May edition
occurrence of SADS in young people saving
HEALTH
of the Village Voice and is back again this
many young people’s lives. In Japan testing is
month as most of you won’t have seen it.
mandatory for all school children, not just those
participating in sport. In the UK we do not have
The article covers such an important topic,
a cardiac screening policy, and young people
written by a truly inspirational woman.
are dying unnecessarily – without a test it is
practically impossible to tell whether a child has
My family has lived in New Malden since a heart condition; Neil, as noted above,
1976. Both my sons went to local was very healthy and athletic, and there
schools, Coombe Hill and Tiffin is no history of these types of death
Boys.My youngest son Neil Desai in our family.
died suddenly and unexpectedly
in his sleep on the 5th September Losing your child is the worst loss.
2008, his 22nd birthday, whilst You never think your child will die
on holiday with his girlfriend before you and as a parent you
in Spain. His death caused hope to protect your child. I very
immense shock and sadness for much hope we will soon implement a
his family and friends. Neil died of an nationwide testing policy, especially as
unidentified cardiac condition, which was we encourage youngsters to train for the
eventually classified as Sudden Adult Death 2012 Olympics.
Syndrome (“SADS”).
The charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)
Neil was an incredibly talented individual. offers subsidized screening, costing only £35, to
He was a world ranked squash player, had young people between the ages of 14 to 35. If
appeared in the Wisden Almanac as one of you are an elite athlete, CRY recommends that
the top schools cricket all-rounder in the UK
representing Tiffin School, was second in his
year studying law at Nottingham University and
had gained work experience at four of the five
Sally Harris
’Magic Circle' law firms in the city.

Every week 12 otherwise fit and healthy
Hypnotherapist
young people die from undiagnosed cardiac
Every patient is treated individually with
conditions. In the majority of cases, the causes
Empathy and Understanding
of these deaths can be diagnosed by an ECG
or an Echo, two relatively quick and painless
Mrs Sally Harris
medical tests. Athletic young people are more
RGN. RSCN. L.N.C.P. S.Q.H.P. EFT
vulnerable to SADS, as they can aggravate the
underlying heart conditions, although young

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affected.

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My son was the recipient of a sports

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provides funding, and prescribes athletes
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intense training programs and diets, yet he
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was not given any health checks before
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embarking on these activities. Had we known
about cardiac risk in the young we would have
had Neil checked, however, it may be that the 0208 336 1915
onus should be on the Government to test
these young athletes. In Italy cardiac testing is
The Brookdale Clinic 100 Westbury Road,
6 mandatory for any young people playing sport
New Malden, KT3 5AL
7
at a school level or above and, over a period
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