Construction worker’s fate shows perils of heat

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/13
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) A 59-year-old worker, who was hit by severe heatstroke that

CNA file photo

caused him to faint at a construction site last week, remembered the year as 1990 when he awoke from a coma, his doctor said Sunday, speculating that the heatstroke caused damage to his brain.

The worker fainted two hours after he reported for duty at a construction site in Taipei on Aug. 7, according to Pauling Chu (朱柏齡), head of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Heat Stroke of Tri-Service General Hospital.

The man was rushed to the hospital, and he was found to have a body temperature of 43.9 degrees Celsius and a coma index of 3, compared with 15 for a healthy person, Chu told CNA.    [FULL  STORY]

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