Fit and healthy kiwi fruit die unexpectedly from mysterious adult condition and more

Every year, otherwise healthy New Zealanders die without warning. Researchers hope new funding will prevent more deaths, writes health journalist Emma Russell.

Ifan Jones remembers kissing his wife of 30 years goodbye and saying “I love you”, as he did every morning before she left for work.

This Saturday afternoon, May 28, the New Zealander was found dead in a tanning salon in Swansea, Wales.

Piata Tauwhare was in good health, enjoyed exercising, ate well, did not smoke and rarely drank alcohol, Jones told the Herald on Sunday.

While her death is being investigated by the coroner, Jones had been told by police that the cause was suspected to be Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS), also known as sudden adult death.

SADS is an umbrella term used to describe the death of otherwise healthy people, usually under the age of 40, after their heart has stopped beating, due to genetic instability of the heart, often undiagnosed.

The condition is different from a heart attack which occurs when an artery that sends blood and oxygen to the heart becomes blocked due to fatty deposits containing cholesterol that build up over time.

Tauwhare, born in Hokitika, had no known heart disease or family history of heart disease, Jones said.

Knowing nothing about SADS, Jones found himself with more questions than answers and, he says, his world was shattered.

“It destroyed my life. I go to football practice and come home and she’s not there, my life is ruined,’ he told the Herald on Sunday.

“She was everything to me, so down to earth, she never said anything bad to anyone.”

The New Zealand Coroner’s Office has recorded 16 deaths caused by SADS in the past five years, but the total number of Kiwis who have died from this genetic disease is likely much higher because not all deaths are referred to the coroner.

A registry was developed in 2008 by cardiologist and electrophysiologist Martin Stiles and a team from the Waikato Clinical School at the University of Auckland, with seed funding from Cure Kids.

It aims to help detect and protect young people who may be at risk for SADS.

Anyone who has died or survived cardiac arrest with no known cause can be referred to Stiles and his team by hospitals, often cardiologists. The Department of Justice can also dismiss deaths without cause.

Additional tests are then performed to confirm SADS. Then, researchers work to track down family members who might be at risk and whether they want to have a genetic blood test.

Stiles said for most conditions there was a 50% risk for each first-degree relative.

Stiles said they have 5,092 registrants – mostly at-risk family members, as well as some SADS deceased.

“When the family sees us about their deceased loved one, they are in mourning and, oddly enough, sometimes they feel guilty for having transmitted an inherited disease to their child. Yet they are no more guilty for having transmitted a genetic disease than having passed on the gene for blue eyes.

There are a number of preventative measures that could help reduce the risk, Stiles said, including avoiding certain activities and reducing alcohol consumption.

Having a fever can be a high risk period, so those at risk should “be aggressive” to treat this fever with paracetamol and fluids.

People at risk for SADS may need an implanted defibrillator to shock their heart in the event of a cardiac arrest.

While Auckland, Waikato and Wellington each have someone working to trace families in their wider areas, Stiles said, there was no one available on the South Island.

“It’s kind of weird that’s how it happened, but that’s just how the funding went down.”

The team had applied for additional research funding from Pūtahi Manawa, Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand (HHANZ), to bridge this gap.

They had to find out if it was successful in the coming weeks, Stiles said.

There were also ethnic disadvantages as there were far fewer people of Polynesian ancestry known to have the genetic condition compared to those of European ancestry. This meant that it was more difficult to test Māori and Pasifika as their genetic database – made up of known mutations – was not as large as their Pākehā counterparts.

Stiles said additional funding would help solve this problem.

“We will examine Maori families affected by an inherited disease who do not have a genetic diagnosis and we will do detailed genetic studies with the aim of ‘upgrading’ all genetic variants to ‘disease-causing mutations’.”

A South Island register for SADS would help families like that of Greg Watchman, 57, who died after returning from an hour-long bike ride.

On a windy November afternoon, Blenheim’s father used a ladder to retrieve an umbrella that had blown off the roof.

When he came down he was out of breath. He asked his 17-year-old daughter-in-law to bring him a paper bag to breathe in.

She did but by the time she returned he had collapsed on the floor.

“Her boyfriend did CPR straight away and I was home in six or seven minutes. At that time the ambulance and the fire department were there,” said Andrea, Greg’s wife.

CPR was performed for 40 minutes but he could not be revived. He passed away on November 15, 2018.

That day still haunts Andrea.

“It was completely out of the blue and no one saw it coming. I still don’t really understand what happened,” his widow said.

Meanwhile, Jones, a warehouse worker, said the loss of his wife had been incredibly hard on him, his friends and his family.

“I’m a mess, I’m just depressed and I don’t know what to do with myself.”

He said Tauwhare’s family and friends showed him lots of love and support when he visited New Zealand a few months ago.

Her family was understandably devastated, Jones said.

The couple had met at a party in Bristol, England two years ago while the Kiwi was traveling.

“She was amazing, I never [met] someone like that before,” Jones said.

The couple married on September 1 last year, in a small ceremony in Swansea, with only their parents present.

Jones described his wife – who worked for a mental health wellness service called VitaMinds – as very generous and extremely proud of her Kiwi roots.

Other Kiwis lost to SADS

Anita Dell, a mother of two from Blenheim, was 38 when her husband woke her gasping. She went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived. She had no previous heart problem or underlying health condition.

Leanne Gardyne, a mother of three from Richmond, was 46 when her husband awoke to find she was struggling to breathe in August 2019. Her hands were clenched, she was shaking and her pupils were dilated. He moved her to the ground to help her breathe, then called emergency services, but she could not be revived. She had worked as a laborer in seafood processing.

Charles Gray, 66, of Blenheim, was said to have been in ‘good spirits’ the day he died. He was cooking eggs when they started to burn and the house filled with smoke. He was found dead on the lawn shortly after.

Nikki Goodfellow, a 50-year-old cashier from Mapua, was noisily gasping for air as she slept. Her husband tried to wake her but failed. Firefighters arrived on the scene first and were unable to resuscitate her.

Gerald Scott, 70, of Nelson, was found by an unresponsive passing motorist on a public footpath in Nelson. Emergency services performed CPR but he could not be revived.

Phillip Patira, 52, from Christchurch, was playing golf when he was seen breathless, clutching his chest, collapsing and unresponsive. He suffered from non-insulin dependent diabetes, hypertension, gout and a high BMI. The cause of death was SADS, the coroner found.

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