Luke’s festive card touches mum’s heart
A talented Oakham schoolboy has won a Christmas card competition run by a charity battling a rare deadly heart illness which almost killed his mum.
Thrilled Luke Adams, 13, won the junior category of the contest organised by the Beat SCAD organisation.
The artistic youngster was determined to have a bash at it after his mum Amy Adams, 48, was struck down by a devastating SCAD attack almost a year ago to the day.
SCAD standfs for spontaneous coronary artery dissection and the majority of cases are in young to middle-aged women.
Amy, of Witham Avenue, Oakham, said: “I was lucky.
“My husband Alastair drove me straight to our local surgery and the GP called for an ambulance to rush me to hospital.
“If they hadn’t acted so quickly I might well not be here today.”
The mum-of-two said she was making packed school lunches for Luke and her daughter Lucy, 16, when she was hit by the terrifying assault on her heart out of the blue.
“It was just another ordinary morning and I was buttering bread for the children’s sandwiches in the kitchen at about 8am on November 2.
“Suddenly I couldn’t breathe and I felt that my lungs were being crushed,” said Amy.
“Within minutes I was dripping sweat, very hot and shaking out of control.
“My husband put me in the car in my pyjamas and I was totally grey and very ill by the time we got to the medical centre.
“It was absolutely critical that they called an ambulance straight away and I was taken to hospital in Peterborough before being transferred to Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire.
“I was just 47 years old.”
The textile designer said it was crucial that medics gave her aspirin helping to save her from permanent heart damage.
“I was in hospital for four days and spent six weeks in bed back at home doing nothing.
“It’s taken my heart six months to repair itself and I’ve been having cardiac rehab as well,” said Amy.
“I’m completely recovered now physically and have suffered no muscle or artery damage.
“I’ve been doing two miles on a rowing machine every morning since July and that’s given me a lot of confidence.
“But I am going through a referral for PTSD because it’s always on my mind that this could happen again.
“The SCAD gave me a huge fright and rocked my world.”
She said she was fortunate that one of the only two SCAD specialists in the UK is based at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester.
Patients with SCAD often have none of the symptoms associated with traditional heart disease and the Beat SCAD charity is helping to fund research into why seemingly healthy people are suddenly struck by the serious illness.
Amy said: “We desperately need more all over the country.
“The Beat SCAD charity is based at Melton Mowbray and does a fantastic job raising money all year round to help fund research into this condition at Glenfield Hospital,” said Amy.
“The Christmas card competition that Luke won will help to keep them ticking over.
“We are so proud of him for winning.
“Luke wanted to enter after seeing what I’ve gone through over the last year.
“He’s a keen model maker and my husband Alastair is a portrait painter and both Luke and Lucy have a natural flair and interest in the arts.”
If you would like to boost the Beat SCAD charity you can buy Luke’s showstopping Christmas card for £1 at: https://beat-scad-shop.myshopify.com/collections/christmas-cards/products/snowman-holding-a-heart-christmas-card?variant=14213496143915
The Beat SCAD charity is based in Melton Mowbray.
It was set up to raise money to fund SCAD research based at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
A SCAD is a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection.
The rare condition c an be a killer as arteries in the heart spontaneously tear or bruise.
That then cuts off the blood supply to the heart and cause a heart attack in otherwise healthy people.
It cannot be predicted or prevented and overwhelmingly affects women.
Some 90 per cent of attacks hit women - mostly aged from 44-53.
Research being carried out at Glenfield Hospital is vital in raising awareness among cardiologists and health care professionals.
You can find the Beat SCAD charity at:
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