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Runner, 50, in critical condition after collapsing at marathon

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Source: Ejinsight / Apple Daily HK

A file picture shows runners during the 2017 Hong Kong Marathon. Chief Executive Carrie Lam flagged off an event in this year's race early Sunday (inset pic). Credits: HKEJ, TVB News video screen-grab

A 50-year-old male runner was in critical condition in a hospital after he collapsed during the Hong Kong Marathon race on Sunday. The man, who was among the thousands who participated in the annual event that is sponsored by Standard Chartered, collapsed about 6 kilometers from the starting line. Apple Daily reports that he fell face down to the ground at the Island Eastern Corridor during the 10-kilometer race. Although paramedics were soon called to the scene to help him, and one runner had even performed external cardiac massage for him, he is still battling for his life. The man, who was said to have heart problems, was rushed to the intensive care unit of Ruttonjee Hospital before being transferred to Eastern Hospital, where he remained critical. According to reports, he had been put in an ambulance not until at least 26 minutes after he collapsed on the road. Dr Axel Siu Yuet-chung, president of the Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine, called the emergency response for the man not ideal, and said there is room for improvement in the systems and procedures.

Time factor is critical, especially when a patient has been unconscious or without a heartbeat, Siu said, noting that the death rate might increase 7 to 10 percent for each minute delay in treating a person who suffers fast and irregular heartbeats. Dr. Duncan Ho Hung-kwong, a specialist in cardiology, suspects the runner might have suffered problematic blood circulation in the heart or even cerebral hemorrhage or stroke judging from the way he fell. Kwan Kee, chairman of Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, said it is possible that there were too many participants in the event and the running course at the Island Eastern Corridor was somewhat too narrow.

Data from the organizers show a total of 31 runners were hospitalized after the race. While three of them, including the 50-year-old man, were in serious condition, the Hospital Authority announced at 4:30 pm Sunday that the other two turned better after treatment.

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The runners should know their health before taking the marathon race even though the paramedics ran a little bit late.

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Damn it....the runner has heart problems and yet he is still competing in a marathon?! I really hope his condition doesn't get worse *prayers and thoughts for him and his family*

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Oh dear! I hope he gets well soon. I am getting worried about these marathons. I am happy that people are health conscious yet the weather and temperature can have so much impact on one's health when doing such a long race. The organizers really need to have more paramedics or first aid officers with defibs along the route with a clear plan what to do and what alternative paths there are to the nearest hospital. 

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Wow so many people injured at the run. Why people still running when they weren't in good health condition. :(

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that is not good to hear. the marathon runner should be more careful when running marathon. they should make sure they are in a good health condition.

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sorry to hear, i guess running is not good for you after all!

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How sad. Should opt for brisk walking; hut then, his choice. 😢

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that is sad to hear. hopefully the marathon runner will recover soon. he need to take care of his health.

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