Woman in Critical Condition after Collapsing of Heat Stroke

A woman in Changhua County collapsed on the roadside, and was found to have a body temperature of 41.5°C after being rushed to hospital.

Medical staff in the emergency department of Changhua Christian Hospital applied ice to the unconscious woman’s body until her temperature dropped to 38°C, and the patient regained consciousness. The unidentified woman, around 60 years-old was then transferred to the intensive care unit to be kept under observation.

Police are currently attempting to identify the woman and contact her family.

A doctor at the hospital said that the patient was suspected to have suffered a severe case of heatstroke, and patients in a similar condition have a mortality rate of up to 80%. Patients in such condition are at risk of impaired nerve function, brain edema, heart failure, pulmonary edema, and other dangerous symptoms.

Taiwan is currently sweltering in record May temperatures.

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