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    Default A tragic death of a 15 yr old boy.

    A very sad day for my girlfriend's neighbours as they are mourning the loss of their son.

    However, I know there some medical people within DR1 who might be able to explain what I feel is a mysterious death.

    This 15 year old was a very fit and healthy boy who loved to play ball. His mother worked in the Zona Franca in Santiago on minimum wage. She would spend every spare peso she had on his baseball coaching as he looked to have a natural talent and it was hinted that he may have a future in the sport.

    Yesterday he was playing with his friends near a river. The story that my girlfriend was told, was that he was running around so much that his body temperature reached a very high level. He then jumped into the river which was very cold. Apparently this sudden drop in temperature caused his blood to coagulate rapidly and he died two hours later in the HONS hospital.

    Is this a plausable cause of death? I have a little medical knowledge (St Johns Ambulance First-Aider) but I have never heard of this.

    I know it won't bring him back and it's such a tragic loss of life of a boy that was full of life, and at the peak of physical condition. But if anyone has an explaination to this condtion, I would be grateful. Would First-Aid be of any help?

    beeza

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    i grew up near Plitvicka Jezera and as a kid used to swim in the lakes every summer, and the water was COLD. every few years someone (usually guys working outside on farms in hot weather) would die from jumping in the cold water instead of slowly getting in and adjusting his body temperature to the cold lake water.

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    I am not sure about that but I did want to acknowledge and give my condolences to the family.
    I have a 14 year old daughter and I don't know what I would do if something like this happened to her.
    This is so sad...my deepest condolences to the family
    SHALENA

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeza View Post
    A very sad day for my girlfriend's neighbours as they are mourning the loss of their son.

    However, I know there some medical people within DR1 who might be able to explain what I feel is a mysterious death.

    This 15 year old was a very fit and healthy boy who loved to play ball. His mother worked in the Zona Franca in Santiago on minimum wage. She would spend every spare peso she had on his baseball coaching as he looked to have a natural talent and it was hinted that he may have a future in the sport.

    Yesterday he was playing with his friends near a river. The story that my girlfriend was told, was that he was running around so much that his body temperature reached a very high level. He then jumped into the river which was very cold. Apparently this sudden drop in temperature caused his blood to coagulate rapidly and he died two hours later in the HONS hospital.

    Is this a plausable cause of death? I have a little medical knowledge (St Johns Ambulance First-Aider) but I have never heard of this.

    I know it won't bring him back and it's such a tragic loss of life of a boy that was full of life, and at the peak of physical condition. But if anyone has an explaination to this condtion, I would be grateful. Would First-Aid be of any help?

    beeza
    I am so sorry to read of this tragic news - it is always terrible to lose a child and I speak from experience (mine was just 30 years old). I know nothing about the medical side of things but our worker will never go in the river to cool down if he has cooked a bbq or something like that so perhaps there is credence to the thinking. To be honest we thought it was him being paranoid as his elderly grandfather died after jumping in the river after a bbq. I do believe though that just sometimes certain things cannot be avoided - sad but true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeza View Post
    A very sad day for my girlfriend's neighbours as they are mourning the loss of their son.

    However, I know there some medical people within DR1 who might be able to explain what I feel is a mysterious death.

    This 15 year old was a very fit and healthy boy who loved to play ball. His mother worked in the Zona Franca in Santiago on minimum wage. She would spend every spare peso she had on his baseball coaching as he looked to have a natural talent and it was hinted that he may have a future in the sport.

    Yesterday he was playing with his friends near a river. The story that my girlfriend was told, was that he was running around so much that his body temperature reached a very high level. He then jumped into the river which was very cold. Apparently this sudden drop in temperature caused his blood to coagulate rapidly and he died two hours later in the HONS hospital.

    Is this a plausable cause of death? I have a little medical knowledge (St Johns Ambulance First-Aider) but I have never heard of this.

    I know it won't bring him back and it's such a tragic loss of life of a boy that was full of life, and at the peak of physical condition. But if anyone has an explaination to this condtion, I would be grateful. Would First-Aid be of any help?

    beeza

    Sorry for the loss of any young child! and yes it looks like he went into shock and passed later perhaps to the improper care of knowing how to treat this right away. Have the parents contact a lawyer to see if the proper protocol was followed. sorry to say, I believe that he should have not died if it was 2 hours later.

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    Unhappy My sympathies to family and friends.

    An old wive's tale.

    I started to hear about the "hot to cold" myth approx. 15 years ago, as my friend's maid refused to open the fridge after ironing.
    I thought it was ridiculous then, and I still think it is.
    What about those "Arctic Polar Bear" club guys who cut a hole in the ice and jump in?
    When I was still in grade school, my buddy and I would get into the pool showers as hot as we could stand, then go jump into the pool, just for fun.
    How could the entire population of North America not suffer from this "syndrome", and it be so common in the DR?
    Ask any Dominican over the age of 20, and they will tell you that they have heard of or known a person who died that way.
    Unless it's a genetic flaw, it simply isn't possible that it only happens to Dominicans and nobody else in the world, and I highly doubt that that is possible.
    You can try Googling it, to no avail.
    If it doesn't happen elsewhere in the world, then what are the odds that it would be so common here?
    Wouldn't it be more likely that it's an old wive's tale?

    This myth is accompanied by a few others, one of which being that it is likely to be fatal to a female to shampoo her hair while menstruating.
    Dominicans are also great believers of witchcraft and voodoo.

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    This is typical of hydrocution.
    A hydrocution is a stop of cardio-ventilatory functions due to high temperature difference between temperature enter water (prefix " hydro ") and the skin.
    Such a shock can provoke a loss of consciousness and thus a drowning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chibani View Post
    This is typical of hydrocution.
    A hydrocution is a stop of cardio-ventilatory functions due to high temperature difference between temperature enter water (prefix " hydro ") and the skin.
    Such a shock can provoke a loss of consciousness and thus a drowning.
    The OP made it clear that the boy died hours later.
    The theory of hydrocution, (thermal shock) is that one could lose consciousness and drown, which is clearly not the case here, as well as it being so extremely rare, that you'd be hard pressed to even find any sample cases.

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    Default Readers might be interested in this information regarding heart attacks

    Two resons mentioned in this articles--the heart attack one makes a lot of sense to me-http://scienceofsport.blogspot.com/2008/01/exercise-in-cold-part-ii.html-------

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    I am a nurse and not a doctor, but for me this sound like that the boy maybe can have had an undiscovered heart disease, and then warm to cold can have caused the death. It is like every year it is some, often young soccer players, that dies at the field from apperently no reasons.

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