He wasn't actually snoring
A Rare Condition
One year prior, Lewis was diagnosed with Brugada syndrome in which a person has an irregular heartbeat that can cause palpitations, fainting, or sudden death. Lewis was assured that he was a low-risk sufferer, and he really didn’t need an implant that would restart the heart in case of cardiac arrest.
Lewis perished in his sleep when his heart stopped suddenly. He had died hours before Lisa was awoken by his sounds (that weren’t breathing).
“We were told that Lewis would have a long, happy and healthy life – but he died one year after diagnosis,” Lisa stated sadly. An ICD might have saved Lewis’ life; Brugada syndrome is a leading cause of heart-related deaths for younger people. Lewis was only 25 years old.
Lisa continued, “I later found out that the snoring sound was the air leaving his body. Losing Lewis has destroyed me and our son Tyler.”
A Campaign for Change
Lisa has been campaigning for doctors to give their patients with the syndrome the option to have the life-saving implant, despite a low-risk. She stated, “Lewis should have had the option to have an ICD fitted, but he wasn’t ‘high risk’ enough. Things like this can’t be categorised.”