A young woman who kicked her boyfriend out of bed because his loud snores woke her up was horrified to discover that his heart had stopped and he had actually died hours earlier.
Heartbroken Lisa Lee says she had been assured by medics that her partner Lewis Little, who suffered from a rare heart condition called Brugada syndrome, was a low risk sufferer of the disorder.
But he died suddenly in the night, aged 25, and the snoring sound Lisa heard was actually the air leaving his body and passing through the vocal chords.
According to Daily Mirror, the mum-of-one has now started a petition to get people with the rare condition fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a device which restarts the heart.
She believes an ICD would have saved her boyfriend’s life.
Lisa, 25, said:
“We were told that Lewis would have a long, happy and healthy life – but he died one year after diagnosis.When we were in bed I just thought he was snoring, so I kicked him out of the bed and told him to shut up.
“But I felt that the sheets were wet [from Lewis’s bodily fluids – common in death] and knew something was wrong. I turned the lights on and his face was purple – he wasn’t breathing.
“I called an ambulance and it felt like it took forever. They pronounced him dead at the hospital. I later found out that the snoring sound was the air leaving his body.
“Losing Lewis has destroyed me and our son Tyler. I believe being fitted with an ICD would have saved my partner’s life. I want people with the same condition to have the choice, low risk or high to have an ICD fitted.
“The syndrome is a silent killer – I just want to raise awareness of it and make sure something gets done.”