Our 16-year-old daughter and sister, Olivia, died in her sleep on 6 August 2022, from “unascertained causes”.
Please join us in memory of Liv and help prevent other families from experiencing this tragedy
Our 16-year-old daughter and sister, Olivia, died in her sleep on 6 August 2022.
The coroner investigated for months but found that her cause of death was “unascertained”. Her DNA mapping has also found no indication that would help us understand what happened that night, that led to the loss of our healthy, vibrant Liv.
Liv was a fit, highly energetic young woman. She was involved and living life to the fullest … she was in Year 11 at school, was “best and fairest” the week before in her netball team (which was undefeated that year), she loved to sing in the school choir, was a leader at various levels especially with younger teenagers, and she had a part-time job. Most of all, she was a huge proponent for equity and inclusion, and she worked hard to welcome new kids and also to call out inappropriate behaviours and biases. She was very social … quick to make a witty comment, pull a face, bring people up if they were feeling low, or simply listen.
Her friends described her as “bubbly”, “a ray of sunshine”, “hilarious” and “caring”. She had so much energy!
Our lives shattered that morning, when we went to her bedroom to wake her up and head to the last netball game for the season. She was lifeless and non-responsive. We tried CPR as the emergency services arrived within minutes, who also tried, but to no avail. She had gone.
Our lives changed forever that day. It is our worst nightmare. The lives of our whole family, Liv’s friends, her schoolmates, work pals and our whole community were and still are broken.
To honour Liv’s memory, and to help other families and communities avoid our horrendous pain, we have decided to raise awareness of Sudden Unexplained Death or Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).
Because no cause of death was found, it is assumed that Liv’s heart simply stopped beating. The Centenary Institute’s Agnes Ginges Centre for Molecular Cardiology, led by Professor Chris Semsarian AM, is focussed on researching and solving these unexplained deaths in fit young people. Chris is a world-leading expert doctor and researcher in this phenomenon.
Every year around 30,000 Australians die from sudden cardiac death and, disturbingly, around 4-5 young Australians (between 15-35) die each week. Liv was one of them.
Our goal is to raise awareness of this devastating phenomenon, where death is the first symptom; and to help raise research funding so that Chris and his research team will save other families from having to experience a tragedy like ours.
Please help us honour Liv, and prevent other families from experiencing this tragedy and devastating grief.
With love from our hearts to yours,
Annette, Mark, Ella and Will
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