Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
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AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
THREE years ago on 3rd February 2011 Adam Middleton died of a cardiac arrest aged just 23.
A fit and healthy young man, he was heavily into training and wanted to be a fitness instructor at Warwickshire College.
Adam was often seen at Healthworks Gym in Stratford-upon-Avon but all that was cut tragically short by his untimely death at such a young age.
Now his mum Donna Mayall, from Lower Quinton, who has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about cardiac arrest in young people since Adam’s death, has managed to raise over £12,000.
This money is being used to offer free heart screening to 200 young people aged between 14 and 35 at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Campus next week.
“Adam was incredibly fit and took good care of himself, but suffered unknowingly to him from Brugada Syndrome, which is not a physical heart defect but a condition that affects the electrical function of the heart,” Donna told the Herald.
“The rhythm becomes abnormal and causes blackouts and cardiac arrest.
“After his death I discovered that he could possibly still be alive today if the heart defect had been detected during heart screening, but I was even more alarmed to discover that at least 12 young people per week die from sudden adult death in the UK.”
On Tuesday and Wednesday (4th and 5th February), young people will be able to get a free heart screening at the Henley campus on Stratford Road.
The college has also named an award in memory of Adam, entitled Fitness Personality of the Year, which is awarded at the end of each college year.
Donna said: “I would like to offer heart screening to anybody who fits the heart screening age criteria, it will be free of charge as it’s funded by my son’s memorial fund.”
To register for the Heart Screening visit www.testmyheart.org.uk