Beckenham schoolgirl Arabella Campbell suffered cardiac arrest as result of sudden adult death syndrome (From News Shopper)
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Beckenham schoolgirl Arabella Campbell suffered cardiac arrest as result of sudden adult death syndrome
BECKENHAM schoolgirl Arabella Campbell died as a result of sudden adult death syndrome (SADS), an inquest heard today.
Arabella, of Stanhope Grove, suffered a cardiac arrest while she was studying in her bedroom on May 11.
The 16-year-old, who attended Langley Park School, Beckenham, was found by her mother but died at Croydon University Hospital in the early hours of the following day.
Coroner Dr Roy Palmer told the inquest into Arabella’s death: "She had no significant medical history, she was a fit, sporty child with no history of drink and drugs.
"She and her family had been out together during the day on a family outing.
"When they returned home she went to her room to study, but when her mother went up to see her she found her unresponsive on her bed.
"An ambulance was called at 10.38pm, and arrived at 10.45pm.
"They found her on the floor unresponsive and started CPR.
"She was brought in to Croydon University Hospital at 11.38pm, where they worked on her through a number of cycles but sadly couldn't do anything.
"She was pronounced dead at 12.20am."
The hearing at Croydon Coroner’s Court heard a post-mortem examination found Arabella had a normal heart and toxicology reports came back negative, leading to the conclusion that her death was a result of SADS.
The syndrome refers to genetic heart conditions that can cause sudden death in young, apparently healthy people.
Dr Palmer added: "There were no injuries or natural disease processes that could have caused her death.
"I therefore conclude that the cause of death was sudden adult death syndrome and return a conclusion of death by natural causes."
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