Crowland heart scare family get the all-clear

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A CROWLAND family have been given the all-clear after tests to check they were not suffering from a life-threatening heart condition.

A CROWLAND family have been given the all-clear after tests to check they were not suffering from a life-threatening heart condition.

Kevin Nightingale and three of his children were checked at their GP surgery after his other son Jonny (13) was found to have a potentially deadly condition which resulted in an irregular heart rhythm.

Jonny was only diagnosed after he was injured during a football game and a paramedic crew became concerned about his heart rate.

At hospital he was found to have Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which can be a cause of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

After his diagnosis dad Kevin, of Millfield Gardens, Crowland, was told that the condition could be hereditary and was advised to see if he and his other children had the same problem.

Last week, he, Kirk (20), Louise (18) and Ben (10) went along to the doctor’s surgery for an ECG test, which thankfully showed none of them had the condition.

Kevin said: “It was a real relief to hear that we didn’t have it.

“My results were completely normal but they found a sinus arrythmia on all of the kids, which they said isn’t too much to worry about, but we are going to take the results with us when Jonny goes to Great Ormond Street and see what they say.”

Jonny is due to have a second operation on his heart at the London children’s hospital at the end of May to correct the problem.

His first opeartion was carried out just days after his diagnosis.

Kevin said: “We are just waiting to hear when his appointment is, but hopefully that will be the end of it and the surgery will totally sort the problem out.”

He is now hoping to hold a fundraiser to raise cash for the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity, which raises awareness of conditions such as Jonny’s that can lead to sudden adult deaths.

Kevin added: “We feel strongly that we need to raise awareness of these problems. Jonny’s football injury was a blessing in disguise because otherwise we may have not have known about his condition until it was too late.”