Family of Bradley Logan (10) who collapsed and died at funfair start defibrillator fund - 'If there had been one near Bradley that day, it would have saved his life'
The parents of a 10-year-old boy who collapsed and died at a funfair will mark the first birthday without him by raising funds for defibrillators which they believe would have saved his life.
Bradley Logan, from Lisburn, died from a rare heart condition called Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) as he played at the Newcastle funfair last August.
He had collapsed twice in the months before his death and was rushed to hospital, but doctors did not detect the rare inherited condition.
His dad Mark explained: "He was attending his school sports day on June 4 and he passed out at the end of his first race. We took him straight to the hospital. They did tests but they just assumed he had fainted.
"We came home from holiday on August 7 and a few days later he was jogging to his friend's house when he passed out again. We took him back to the hospital and they did the same tests but they couldn't find anything wrong.
"On the Friday of the same week he went to Newcastle with his mum, his grandparents, his sister and his cousins. He walked up to the top of the helter skelter and passed out and he never recovered."
Mark, his wife Kylie and Bradley's siblings Brooke and Ben were left devastated by the sudden death of their "energetic, vibrant and enthusiastic" boy.
Mark said: "He was so good-natured and was never really in trouble. He would play with anyone. It didn't matter if it was a two-year-old or a 15-year-old, he just loved being in the middle of it.
"He was the peacemaker in our family. The other two fight but he never did. He was so easy-going but such an affectionate child. He was always giving his mum hugs or climbing up onto her knee. We don't have that any more and that hurts the most.
"There was only a year between Brooke and Bradley and they were like twins. They did everything together. They even shared a bedroom because she didn't want to sleep in her own bedroom.
"She really misses him. They would have always been together so she's lonely on her own."
His parents were unaware of Bradley's condition. Even after his death, it took six months for doctors to find an explanation for his sudden collapse. Mark added: "The coroner came back after his death and said they couldn't ascertain a cause of death. Specialists at the Royal had taken a sample of DNA from Bradley and they were able to send it away for screening. They suspected he had CPVT but it didn't fit exactly. It took until March for them to confirm it."
The family were told that as the condition was genetic, they would all have to be tested. Their results were clear, something Mark described as "bittersweet".
Seven months on, as the family prepare to mark what would have been Bradley's 11th birthday at the end of April, they have set up a fund in his name to help buy defibrillators for the local community.
Mark explained: "If there had been a defibrillator near Bradley, it would have saved his life. We want to get more defibrillators so that if this happened to anyone else, they could be saved."
They are also hoping to raise money for his school, Harmony Hill in Lisburn, to create a cricket zone in his name as Bradley loved playing sport with his friends.
"He was never competitive but he loved just to play sports. He played football for Moira FC and played at Derriaghy Cricket Club. If he wasn't at school, he was out torturing his granda in the garden," Mark recalled.
Bradley's grandfather was former Linfield manager Eric Bowyer and he loved going to matches with him and playing football together.
The day before his birthday, Bradley's family and friends plan to walk from Holywood to Bangor to celebrate his life and to help raise funds for the cause.
"It just doesn't get any easier. If anyone ever tells you it does, it just doesn't. We just wanted to do something nice to remember him as it's his birthday weekend but it will also be a distraction for us," Mark added.
For information about the memorial walk visit https://www.facebook.com/Bradley-Logans-Memorial-Walk-1698145787101788/ or to donate visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Bradley-Logan-Memorial-fund