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New video highlights the need for regular heart checks in young

PUBLISHED: 11:21 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:24 19 March 2015

Juliet Lamin and her son Philip.

Juliet Lamin and her son Philip.

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Mum calls for defibrillators at all the borough's schools

Tragic teen footballer Philip Lamin had a heart defect no one knew about - and now his family and friends have made a video urging everyone to have regular heart checks as well as calling for defibrillators at all the borough’s schools. Chris Murphy finds out more...

FRIENDS of teen footballer Philip Lamin, who collapsed and died after playing the game, have made a moving documentary urging people to have regular heart checks – no matter what their age.

His mother Juliet is also calling for life-saving defibrillators - which send a powerful electric shock to help re-start the heart of someone who has collapsed – in all public places and especially schools.

Sixteen-year-old Philip collapsed during a game on February 5, 2013. He later died in hospital.

The Bexleyheath Academy student, who had a heart condition that no one knew about, was playing at Goals, in Graham Road, when he fell to the ground.

His mum told the Bexley Times: “The reason I made the film is because I firmly believe all schools need to have a defibrillator.

“We always see fire extinguishers, but not a defibrillator. I want every school to have one, starting with those in the Bexley borough, and then move on to many more public places.

“I want to tell every parent to take their young children for heart screening. CRY (Cardiac Arrest in the Young) is a charity that can organise these screenings.

“If a young person has a heart defect, this will show up at the screening and something can be done before it’s too late.

“I would have encouraged Philip to have one, but I didn’t know about it.”

She added: “He played football, putting extra pressure on his heart, but we didn’t know there was a problem.

“But this is a problem for many young people, and it is better to be safe than sorry.”

Nationally, 12 otherwise healthy and fit young people between the ages of 14 and 35 die every week from sudden cardiac arrest.

After Philip died, groups of her son’s friends would visit her Belvedere home and she helped set up a forum to promote the heart screenings.

She also started the Philip Lamin Foundation.

Mrs Lamin said: “He was my only son, and I want to make sure no other family is torn apart by something so tragic, and so preventable.

“Screening is vital, but so are defibrillators in every school. It’s time this equipment was as standard as pens and computers.”

Among those who helped make the video is 16-year-old Ravensbourne College student Sean Ramsden, who was a friend of Philip’s.

He said: “The reason I made this documentary is because the producer, James Hamblin, and I knew Philip from a very young age as he went to the same church as us, Wellspring Pentecostal Church.

“After finding out about Philip’s death, I was just shocked and didn’t know what to think.

“Since then I’ve seen Juliet help out a lot in the community. Seeing this inspired me to try to help others more, as I’m also someone who would like to make the world a better place.

“I had already had thoughts of making a film based on Philip before Juliet asked me, so I was very glad that she approached me.”

Sean, from Welling, added: “The film aims to raise awareness so that people will think about getting heart screening to make sure that anything like what happened to Philip does not happen to them. This documentary could save a person’s life.

“Since the release of the documentary I’ve had people tell me that they’re going to have a heart screening, and have heard that some schools will be getting defibrillators, so I just think it’s great that I, with the help of James Hamblin and Jordan North, have made a film that’s making a difference.”

To watch the film, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnCzODgi9Ds

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