SADS charity conference

A charity hoping to raise awareness of sudden deaths in teenagers and young adults will speak to healthcare professionals in Leicester today.

Father wants SADS conference to show deaths are preventable

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.

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.

– Stephen Humphries, father of Joe Humphries

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.

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.

– Dr Ffion Davies, consultant in emergency medicine & paediatric lead for Leicester's Hospitals

SADS charity to speak with professionals to raise awareness

A charity hoping to raise awareness of sudden deaths in teenagers and young adults will speak to healthcare professionals in Leicester today.

The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust will speak with healthcare professionals Credit: ITV News Central

The Joe Humphreys Memorial Trust was set up to help people affected by Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome after Joe died while out jogging last year.

Former Leicester Tigers, and World Cup winning rugby star, Martin Johnson, will launch the conference at Leicester’s Hospitals.

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