GP creates poetry event in his daughter's memory

A Surrey GP whose daughter died suddenly last year has organised a performing arts event to raise money for a charity that helped his family.

Dr Naz Jivani with his daughters Stevie (left) and Lauren
Dr Naz Jivani with his daughters Stevie (left) and Lauren

Kingston GP Dr Naz Jivani’s 19-year-old daughter Stevie suffered a dissection of the thoracic aorta.

The event will raise money for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), a charity that provides information on causes of sudden cardiac death in young people, support from expert coroners and counselling.

Dr Jivani said: ‘During this difficult time we’ve been so well supported by CRY through counselling and funding the NHS investigations for the rest of my family, which is why we want to raise money and awareness.’

The event will take place at the Rose Theatre in Kingston on 6 June, the day after Stevie would have turned 21. ‘They kindly let us have the theatre for the evening, and the event will essentially be a mixture of song, dance, arts, literature and poetry.’

Dr Jivani is personally organising a poetry competition as part of the event, which is free to enter for under-18s and £5 for adults to submit up to three poems. Entries close on 30 April.

Dr Jivani emphasised the importance of GPs picking up on symptoms of heart conditions in young people. ‘Stevie grew up in a medical environment. Her granddad was a doctor and I’m a doctor, yet no one realised that she had the condition.’

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