Israeli medics resuscitate marathoner in cardiac arrest
Marathon halted due to extreme heat; 75 runners treated on the scene
By Shahar Hay
TEL AVIV, Israel — The Tel Aviv Marathon was halted on Friday at approximately 10:00 am due to unseasonably hot and dry weather conditions that sent two runners to the hospital and injured 75 others.
The marathon organizers decided to stop the race after temperatures reached 28 degrees Celsius. Earlier Friday, Magen David Adom paramedics administered medical care to a 30-year-old man, performed CPR on the scene and transferred him to the first aid tent at the starting point. He regained consciousness, but was later taken to the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center where he is in serious condition, sedated and ventilated. An hour later, another man in his 30s also collapsed due to heat stroke. He was also taken to the hostpital, where he is sedated and ventilated. Seventy five other participants were treated on the scene.
A senior paramedic for Magen David Adom, Uri Gelbstein, said: "The man arrived at the first aid tent with no pulse or respiration and CPR was performed on him. Medical teams continued administering CPR until he reached a state of consciousness and regained a pulse. He has a high body temperature and may be suffering from heat stroke. He also may be suffering from an irregular heartbeat."
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