Joe Humphries father, and the founder of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust wants to use a conference in Leicester to raise awareness of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), as deaths from SADS can be prevented.
– Stephen Humphries, father of Joe Humphries
Many deaths like Joe's could be prevented with better awareness among healthcare staff and more CPR training for the public. We are sadly one of the many families who have lost someone to SADS. We want to raise awareness and improve research, as well as encourage people to and learn these life-saving first aid skills.
A consultant from Leicester's Hospitals also wants to make people aware of the condition, and know that things can be done to prevent the condition, such as spotting warning signs, or administering CPR immediately.
– Dr Ffion Davies, consultant in emergency medicine & paediatric lead for Leicester's Hospitals
Many people assume that nothing can be done to prevent deaths cause by SADS but this is not true. Some people show warning signs and with greater awareness, they would be more likely to talk to their parents or consult their GP.
Even with no warning, if CPR is started within a minute of collapse and electrical defibrillation of the heart within eight minutes, the chances of survival are greatly improved.