Heartbroken mum calls for all people to get heart screened

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A MOTHER is calling for people to get screened for hidden dangers after her daughter died from an undiagnosed heart problem.

Nicky Caldera is campaigning after her 18-year-old daughter Yasmin Caldera died last year from a heart defect.

The Havant College student died in her sleep, just days before she was due to fly to Sri Lanka to volunteer at an orphanage.

There is a heart screening day at Havant College on April 14,

Mrs Caldera, from Chichester, said: ‘It’s so devastating to lose a child at 18 who is fit and healthy.

‘You read about it in the paper – all those people who drop down at rugby matches – but you don’t hear about the ones who die in their sleep.

‘She’s left a massive, massive hole in our family. We all miss her so much.’

Yasmin’s family are trying to raise £5,000 to set up The Yasmin Caldera Trust, a charity that will support local cardiac issues in the Portsmouth and Chichester areas.

Mrs Caldera added: ‘We’re looking to see what we can do to so no other family has to go through this.

‘I can’t tell you what the devastation is like.’

The screening involves a machine detecting the electrical activity of the heart.

For more information on the screening email marion.macgregor@havant.ac.uk. To donate visit justgiving.com/yimby/yaz.