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Tragedy of sports-mad teen who spoke final words to his mum before fatal collapse

The family of a teenager who tragically died after suffering a seizure have spoken out for the first time about their tragic loss.

COLLECT - Jamie Drysdale dressed in bowling kit at home 21st May 2014.  The family of a teenager who tragically died after suffering a seizure have spoken out for the first time about their tragic loss.  See CENTRE PRESS story CPSLEEP.  Jamie Drysdale, 18, is believed to have suffered from a rare condition known as Sudden Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in February.  His mum, Kathryn, 50, went to wake Jamie and asked whether he could take the dog out, before he stirred and muttered "okay, mum".   But when she returned ten minutes later to give him a nudge, Kathryn found her eldest boy lying unconscious on the floor.   Frantic attempts were made to revive Jamie, but by the time paramedics arrived at the house in Kirkliston, West Lothian, he died.

Jamie proudly dressed in his bowling kit

Jamie Drysdale, 18, is believed to have suffered from a rare condition known as Sudden Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in February.

His mum, Kathryn, 50, went to wake Jamie and asked whether he could take the dog out, before he stirred and muttered “okay, mum”.

But when she returned ten minutes later to give him a nudge, Kathryn found her eldest boy lying unconscious on the floor.

Frantic attempts were made to revive Jamie, but by the time paramedics arrived at the house in Kirkliston, West Lothian, he died.

Three months on from the fateful morning of February 1, his parents have for the first time told of their devastation ahead of a football match being held in the “sports-mad” Hearts fan’s memory.

Kathryn said there had been no reason to suspect anything might be wrong when she went upstairs at around 10am that Sunday.

She said: “My husband was out working so Jamie normally got up and took the dog out for a walk.

“I woke him at 10am and said ‘Come on, the dog needs out’.

“He said ‘Okay mum, I’m just getting up’ and I went up just ten minutes later and he was lying on the floor. We tried CPR and got the paramedics in but there was nothing they could do.”

“He was a happy, happy boy who loved going out with his friends and going to the football.

“He was sports-mad. He was a massive Hearts fan and loved his Formula One. He was just a really nice young lad.”

Jamie had been diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 13, but medication had helped to control his condition and he had not suffered a seizure in the 18 months leading up to his death.

And in 2013, he was back competing in a bowling competition in Livingston just two days after a major seizure.

As well as football, former Queensferry High School pupil Jamie loved playing bowls and golf in between his studies at West Lothian College, where he was studying computing.

COLLECT - Jamie Drysdale at Bellsburn Bowling Club Linlithgow.  The family of a teenager who tragically died after suffering a seizure have spoken out for the first time about their tragic loss.  See CENTRE PRESS story CPSLEEP.  Jamie Drysdale, 18, is believed to have suffered from a rare condition known as Sudden Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in February.  His mum, Kathryn, 50, went to wake Jamie and asked whether he could take the dog out, before he stirred and muttered "okay, mum".   But when she returned ten minutes later to give him a nudge, Kathryn found her eldest boy lying unconscious on the floor.   Frantic attempts were made to revive Jamie, but by the time paramedics arrived at the house in Kirkliston, West Lothian, he died.

Jamie was a promising talent

His parents believe he may have suffered from a rare condition known as Sudden Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), which affects just one in 1000 people with the condition.

Their pain has been compounded by the mystery surrounding his death, as they are still waiting for a report from the Procurator Fiscal which they hope will provide them with answers.

His dad Kenny Drysdale, 54, a self-employed electrician, said: “We did everything, called 999, did CPR, but by the time the paramedics came there was nothing they could do.

“It was totally out of the blue. There was nothing to prepare us for something like this happening.

“He was very kind, he would do anything for anybody. He was a happy-go-lucky lad.”

COLLECT - Jamie Drysdale with dad Kenny.  The family of a teenager who tragically died after suffering a seizure have spoken out for the first time about their tragic loss.  See CENTRE PRESS story CPSLEEP.  Jamie Drysdale, 18, is believed to have suffered from a rare condition known as Sudden Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in February.  His mum, Kathryn, 50, went to wake Jamie and asked whether he could take the dog out, before he stirred and muttered "okay, mum".   But when she returned ten minutes later to give him a nudge, Kathryn found her eldest boy lying unconscious on the floor.   Frantic attempts were made to revive Jamie, but by the time paramedics arrived at the house in Kirkliston, West Lothian, he died.

Jamie with dad Kenny who is fundraising in memory of his much loved son

Jamie’s death has been very hard on his younger siblings Katie, 11, and Callum, 17, who is autistic and also has learning difficulties.

Kenny added: “It’s been very hard. But we have to try to carry on for the other two.

“I’ve tried to throw myself into work but there are posters in the village of the football match and it all reminds me of Jamie.”

The football match at Kirkliston Leisure Centre kicks off at 11am on May 9, and will involve Jamie’s friends from school and even some he knew since nursery through to college.

All the cash raised will go to Epilepsy Scotland.

Hearts-daft Jamie had been to watch his team beat Alloa Athletic the night before his death.

Kenny said: “He was 100 per cent a Hearts fan. I think he only missed ten games home and away since he started supporting them when he was six.”

The family were moved by the club’s generosity, who sent a letter of condolence and a wreath for Jamie’s funeral.

 

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