A father from Leicestershire is taking part in an audacious cycling endeavour in memory of his 14-year-old son who died suddenly from a condition which is killing many young people.
Steve Humphries is cycling 624 miles – the average amount of children who die of sudden death syndrome every year.
What is Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome?
- Caused by irregularities in the heart beat which can cause sudden death in apparently healthy young people.
- Warning signs include a family history of unexpected deaths under the age of 40, fainting or seizures during exercise or excitement, chest pain or shortness of breath during exercise.
- The condition is often passed down from parent to child and around 12 young people die a week unexpectedly.