Derby

Derby heart screening after boy's death

Pupils at a Derby school will have their hearts tested after a student collapsed and died while playing football.

Reece Jeffrey, 15, died of a heart condition while playing football for Chellaston Boys at Darley Playing Fields in March.

Despite treatment at the scene, Reece was pronounced dead in hospital.

About 100 pupils are taking part in the screenings at Landau Forte College from 09:00 until 16:00 BST.

Lisa Jeffrey, Reece's mother, said: "We've got no family history of it [heart condition] at all so we were very shocked.

"It's an open screening session, so people are allowed to come along and initially it's an ECG which is the first process.

"No children from the age of 14 get screened automatically, so this screening will hopefully identify any minor abnormalities in the heart."

People aged from 14 to 35 can take part in the screening.

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