Man with rare genetic condition died after collapsing at work

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A man with a rare genetic condition who collapsed and died while at work had lost his sister to the same illness, an inquest heard.

Jason Munns died aged 26 from heart problems related to Marfan’s Syndrome, a genetic condition which affects the eyes, skin and heart.

Mr Munns, of Northampton, was taken to Northampton General Hospital after collapsing at work in Moulton Park on July 20, but doctors were unable to resuscitate him.

An inquest at the same hospital on Wednesday heard Mr Munns’s sister Carly, died aged 16 from complications connected to the same condition.

Mr Munn also lost his mother when he was seven-years-old.

Dr David Fattah, a pathologist at Northampton General Hospital, told the inquest that Marfan’s Syndrome is a disorder of the connective tissue, which usually affects the eyes, skin and heart.

It is caused by a defective gene and causes too much growth in the upper and lower limbs, which means carriers are often very tall with long arms and legs.

Mr Munn’s father David, of Evenley Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, told the inquest his son had never let his condition affect his work. He had held down a number of jobs, including at British Gas and Church’s Shoes.

He said: “He was never one to use his disability to avoid work and was never unemployed for long.”

Mr Munns’s condition caused a problem with a valve in his heart, which would not close properly and would leak, putting an additional burden on the organ.

Coroner Anne Pember recorded a verdict of death from natural causes.