G.P. — Have you heard of SADS? It means Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and it is common in the UK. It has been reported that healthy young people below 35 just suddenly.
Honestly, I never heard of such a condition. I know of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS, but not SADS. Here in the Philippines, I am not aware of such, except what they call “bangungot“, which happens in a person’s sleep. In this case, the person is wide awake.
This is the story of Jane Davies who was about to wed Max Lowry on September 25, 2010. Although they were already living together, they decided to be apart on the eve of their wedding. While having dinner with her family, Jane recalls that she suddenly felt that she wanted to be with Max and did not want to sleep apart for the night. Her sister even teased her. She called up Max on his cell phone and they talked for awhile until he suddenly moaned and made gurgling noises.
Jane immediately felt that something was wrong. With her father, they drove to Max’s place, which was only a few minutes away. On the way, they already called the paramedics. She said that it was the longest ride of her life. When they got to where he was staying, he was already lying motionless on the bed, with the mobile phone still on his ear. Max was then brought by the paramedics to the nearby hospital. It was there when she eventually lost Max.
It was really a surprise because Max was the perfect bill of health. He was a fitness trainer after all. But like Max, it is said that around 80% of people who lose their lives to SADS experienced no symptoms at all prior to the attack. The first manifestation is often death. And this is really sad for the families left behind because there is just no explanation to their sudden deaths.
It has been three years since Max died and Jane is already picking the pieces of her life. She may no longer play music and dance under the stars with Max, but his memory still remains. She doesn’t need a great claude lakey ligature to announce to the world that their love is boundless, because up until now, she tries to keep his memory alive.