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Swinton couple’s anguish over ‘sudden death’

Alan and Jackie Cousins from Swinton with the C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young) postcard that features their son Bruce (35).  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Alan and Jackie Cousins from Swinton with the C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young) postcard that features their son Bruce (35). Picture: Malcolm Billingham

A Swinton couple are supporting a campaign to raise awareness about sudden deaths in young people after their seemingly fit and healthy son died aged just 35.

Jacqueline and Alan Cousins want to highlight the shocking statistic that 12 people aged 35 and under are dying each week in the UK from undiagnosed heart conditions.

The couple has spoken out after their fork lift truck driver son Bruce died in September 2009 from an undiagnosed coronary artery anomaly - one of a number of defects which do not show any symptoms and are usually only discovered after death.

Mrs Cousins, 63, of Pinfold Close, said: “Bruce was always full of life and we miss him so much.

“Life’s cruellest blow is the death of a child. Parents should not out live their children.

“With sudden arrhythmic deaths, no second chance is given to these people. This is why the work to reduce the number of these deaths is of such paramount importance.”

Bruce is one of 12 people from across the region who died young to feature on a new postcard to raise awareness of the work being done by charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

 

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