Inquest reveals tragic Worthing College student had heart condition

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A TEENAGER who collapsed and died at West Worthing station had been monitored for a heart condition throughout his childhood, an inquest heard.

Daniel Hoare had ventricular arrhythmia – an irregular rhythm of the heart – but Monday’s inquest at Worthing Town Hall heard it was not the main cause of his death, only a contributory factor.

Worthing College student Daniel, 18, collapsed and died on November 24, as he and a friend were running up a flight of stairs at the station.

At the inquest, it was revealed paramedics fought to resuscitate him for 50 minutes before he was pronounced dead.

Coroner’s officer Lyn Ralfe also read out details of the post-mortem conducted at Worthing Hospital by Dr Jeremy Grant on November 28.

She said it showed Daniel died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thicker than normal, forcing it to work harder to pump blood around the body.

Assistant deputy coroner for West Sussex, Michael Kendall, returned a verdict that Daniel, from Felpham, died of natural causes.

He said: “It was a very sad case but medical evidence is very clear in this case. The death was of natural causes.”

Daniel’s family was aware of the inquest but did not attend.

They had previously described their son as “very loved, very loving and very much up for fun”.

They said he was a keen golfer, who was popular and had been looking forward to going to university to study events management. After his death, Daniel’s friends organised a fund-raising event for the British Heart Foundation which raised £2,230 in his memory.