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Grieving dad raises awareness of silent heart killer

TOGETHER: Glen Easy, right, with his daughter Chanel-Lee

"I WOULD never want another parent to experience what I had to go through with my daughter.”

These are the words of Glen Easy, who lost his 16-year-old daughter Chanel-Lee to an undiagnosed heart condition.

Chanel-Lee’s life came to an end just as she had begun sixth form college, and was staying with her mother Deborah for a few weeks in 2011.

She told her father that she had a headache the day before her death and went to the hospital to get it checked out. Unfortunately, no doctors saw any signs of what was to come, leaving Chanel-Lee undiagnosed and unfazed about her heart condition.

“She went to the Birmingham Good Hope Hospital, but they thought she just had a migraine, and soon after, that headache went away,” he said.

BEAMING: The late Chanel-lee


The following day, Easy received a phone call that he would never forget.

“When I picked up, I was told that my beautiful daughter had passed away. It was the shock of my life,” he said.

Chanel-Lee died in her sleep in Erdington on October 2, 2011. The death of a young, vibrant 16-year-old girl, who seemingly had her whole life ahead of her, shocked and confused family and friends. An initial report stated that an enlarged heart caused Chanel-Lee’s death. A second post-mortem showed that Chanel-Lee had an undiagnosed hereditary heart condition.

Easy is now keen to take the pain and loss of his daughter’s death to help others, and has contacted the British Heart Foundation to help increase the awareness of heart conditions among black and minority ethnic communities.

“My role now is to encourage people to live their lives and enjoy it – because that was what Chanel-Lee was all about,” he said.

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