EGF - REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH IN YOUNG PEOPLE
The Eloise Gannon Foundation was founded to honour the memory of Eloise Gannon who at 15 tragically passed away unexpectedly due to a cardiac arrhythmia Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW). Currently in Australia up to 4 young people (under the age of 35) die every week from sudden cardiac death (SCD). The Foundation was formed with the specific goal of raising awareness of these statistics and to help develop initiatives to reduce the incidence of SCD in young people.
The foundation has four specific aims:
To raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and possible implications of cardiac arrhythmias
To develop initiatives to assist in the early detection of heart conditions in young people
To advocate the importance of accessible defibrillators
To encourage and support further research and funding into sudden cardiac death in Australian youth
Fact : 4 young people die every week!
Fact : Accessible Defibrillators - Vital
Team E Ambassador and Co-Captain of the Brisbane Lions Harris Andrews joined us to present his junior club the Aspley Devils with a defibrillator.
Eloise was an extremely fit and healthy 15 year old who passed away suddenly on 28th August 2013.
Diagnosed with WPW at 9 years old and after extensive medical investigations, Eloise was deemed a low risk of complications resulting from WPW and in particular Sudden Cardiac Death. Tragically this was not the case and Eloise's life was cut far too short.