Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, recently attended a British Heart Foundation event in Parliament highlighting the importance of support for life saving scientific research.
Huw joined heart patient Emily Sullivan, 8, for a science lesson to highlight the importance of charities being able to conduct medical research. Emily has had three open heart surgeries after being born with three large holes in her heart, a condition that increasing numbers of people are surviving because of British Heart Foundation research.
A quarter of all deaths in the UK are caused by Cardiovascular Disease and there are an estimated seven million people living with the condition. For over 50 years the British Heart Foundation has pioneered research that has transformed the lives of millions of people living with cardiovascular disease.
Speaking about the event, Huw said: ‘Charities are an essential part of the UK medical research environment and their work is vital to help prevent and treat a great number of life-threatening diseases.’
‘In Wales alone, the lives of thousands of individuals and families are affected by cardiovascular disease every year.’
‘If we are to prevent and treat devastating conditions like cardiovascular disease in Ogmore, we need to ensure that pioneering research continues to take place.’