On the 19th July, my daughter S was caught arriving in Birmingham in the heatwave in the afternoon. She had eaten very little on the way and couldn't get a taxi to the hotel, so had to walk. She had drunk a lot of bottled water - as the warnings told us to do.
At the hotel she became very ill, phoned 999 asking for an ambulance; was told it could take six hours! The staff may also have phoned.At about 2am it apparently arrived, but she was unconscious and remembers nothing until she woke up in the ICU.
She was found to have a very low sodium (a blood electrolyte) level in her blood and had been having seizures when found. Doctors call this hyponatremia.
From Wikipedia : "Mild symptoms include a decreased ability to think, headaches, nausea, and poor balance. Severe symptoms include confusion, seizures, and coma." And it can be fatal.
She has managed to get back, yesterday, to where she is living in the north, in spite of still having many of the 'mild' symptoms.
Apparently there was a warning put out to doctors on that day. why only to doctors?
Why was there no warning to the general public??
Why did the hotel have no emergency bell in the room?
And why was S discharged a week later while she was still not able to look after herself? (hardly able to walk.)
And how many other people have suffered the same thing?
Who on this forum has heard of this?
The warning needed was that one should not go on drinking water without taking sodium salt in some way. One can buy electrolyte replacement sachets. You can look online and see how to make an electrolyte drink.
We are not finished with the hot summer yet.
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