An elderly domestic helper in Shaukeiwan, Hong Kong, died on Monday morning, August 12, in her bed from a suspected heat stroke. She was identified as Milagrosa M. Aligaen, 63 years old, a widow with two grown-up sons and a native of Iloilo.
According to the police investigation, Aligaen first worked as a domestic helper in Hong Kong since 1990. She was then hired by her employer to take care of their father who is an elderly. Aligaen shared a double-deck bed with her employer who occupies the upper deck in their small flat.
In this article by Mayo Clinic, heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke, can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher. The condition is most common in the summer months.
The article explains further that heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.
Mayo Clinic identifies these symptoms of heatstroke
- High body temperature. A core body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher, obtained with a rectal thermometer, is the main sign of heatstroke.
- Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.
- Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel dry or slightly moist.
- Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
- Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
- Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
- Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
- Headache. Your head may throb.