More than 100 children in Cambridgeshire screened for undiagnosed heart conditions

06 December, 2018 - 14:44
One hundred and six children in Cambridgeshire have been screened for undiagnosed heart conditions thanks to a local charity. Picture: JAMES MCCAULEY

One hundred and six children in Cambridgeshire have been screened for undiagnosed heart conditions thanks to a local charity. Picture: JAMES MCCAULEY

James McCauley

Using money raised by a local charity, more than 100 children have now been screened for undiagnosed heart conditions.

One hundred and six children in Cambridgeshire have been screened for undiagnosed heart conditions thanks to a local charity. Picture: JAMES MCCAULEYOne hundred and six children in Cambridgeshire have been screened for undiagnosed heart conditions thanks to a local charity. Picture: JAMES MCCAULEY

Children were tested at the Whittlesey Masonic Centre on Friday, November 30 after it was revealed between 12 and 19 young people die each week from the conditions.

Local charity, Defibrillators For All, raised the cash needed to screen all 106 children after a previous screening saw a high number of children referred to cardiologists.

A spokesman said: “As usual Whittlesey community spirit was at its best, cakes were baked and tea and coffee provided for those waiting to have their test.

“We have already booked a date for 2019 and fundraising will start in the New Year. Thank you once again to all those in Whittlesey who support us.”

The cost of hiring Cardiac Risk in the Young to carry out the screenings is £5,000 for a weekday and increases to £8,000 for a Saturday or Sunday.

The spokesman added: “The Masons kindly donated their premises to allow the event to take place.”

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