A woman who kicked her boyfriend out of bed for ‘snoring’ has spoken of the horrors of discovering that the noises were the man’s dying breaths.
Lisa Lee’s partner Lewis Little, 25, had been diagnosed as a ‘low risk’ sufferer from a rare heart condition called Brugada syndrome, which can cause an abnormal heartbeat.
The couple had been told that Lewis would have a long, happy and healthy life, though tragically his heart stopped in the night and the snoring sound his partner heard was actually the air leaving his body and passing through his vocal chords.
The mother-of-one has now started a petition to get people with the rare condition fitted with an internal defibrillator (ICD), which restarts the heart and she believes would have saved his life.
Lisa, also 25, said: “When we were in bed I just thought he was snoring, so I kicked him out of the bed and told him to shut up.
“But I felt that the sheets were wet and knew something was wrong. I turned the lights on and his face was purple – he wasn’t breathing.
“I later found out that the snoring sound was the air leaving his body. Losing Lewis has destroyed me and our son Tyler.”
Mr Little, who worked as an agency worker, lived a completely normal and active life and was not prescribed any medication for the ‘low risk’ condition.
The couple, from Ashington, Northumberland, had planned to get married and had already picked their wedding song.
They visited Wansbeck Hospital, in Ashington and the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle, together for regular check ups after learning about Lewis’ condition.
Miss Lee now fear that their two-year-old son Tyler may also have the hereditary condition and that he too could be taken too soon.
Lisa added: “The syndrome is a silent killer – I just want to raise awareness of it and make sure something gets done.
“The syndrome is a silent killer – I just want to raise awareness of it and make sure something gets done.
”It has just put everything into perspective, life is so short and I feel like I was very naive to think that nothing like this would ever happen.”
The problem can be genetic, or may be passed on in families but it is possible for people with the condition to have no symptoms at all.
The condition is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young, healthy people and may not be diagnosed because there are no visible abnormalities.
You can sign Lisa’s petition, here.