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Sunday, 5 October 2008

Boy of 15 dies after fainting in PE class in Mazarrón

I read on Thursday the news that a youth of 15 at a school in Mazarrón had fainted during a physical education class and that staff, realising the seriousness of the situation, called in the emergency services. I now read that the boy died and his funeral has taken place. The cause of death is unknown, although it is not known if an autopsy took place prior to the burial.

I was shocked and saddened when I read this news not because I have any knowledge of the boy concerned, but because it brought back vivid memories of a similar incident many years ago (29 or 30 years) when I lived in Oman; a young colleague at another branch at the other end of the country (the southern city of Salalah) was taking part in a half-marathon there, an annual event. He was to all appearances a very fit young man who trained regularly and it was winter-time so was not excessively hot. He collapsed during the run and died shortly afterwards, despite the almost immediate presence of medical assistance, because first aid teams were accompanying the runners in a vehicle; he was twenty-two years old. As in the recent case in Mazarrón the cause of death was 'unknown'.

Really, nothing at all is certain in this life.

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