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Pulmonary Hypertension: Hampshire student campaigns in brother's memory

Will Acres had just graduated and was producing music in London Photo:

A young woman from Hampshire is calling for more awareness of a condition, often confused with asthma, that took the life of her brother Will.

Annabelle Acres, from Emsworth, says if they had known about it sooner, Will would still be here today.

He suffered from pulmonary hypertension which is a condition that can lead to heart failure. It can't be cured but it can be managed if spotted soon enough.

He suffered 2 cardiac arrests, had his leg amputated and was put on a life support machine. Then, less than a month later, he passed away.

The 21-year-old has started a social media campaign in her brother's memory to make sure no other families go through the same trauma.

It's the same principle as the ice bucket challenge, called the Egg Head Challenge.

Annabelle Acres posted a video online of her and her friends taking part in her 'EggHead Challenge'

The idea came from a video Annabelle discovered of Will smashing an egg against his head some time before his death.

She's hoping but people doing their own egg smashes and challenging others to post a video on their own Facebook page.

Will Acres in his hospital bed earlier this year with his sister Annabelle
  • We spoke to Iain Armstrong from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK

Symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension

  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Chest pain
  • A racing heartbeat
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles, feet or tummy

Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK is a charity for people with pulmonary hypertension.

The website provides further information and advice about all aspects of the condition, including living with pulmonary hypertension, and support for family and friends.