Irish trekker in Singapore hospital after collapsing in Indonesia

Published:  27 Feb at 9 AM
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An Irish physiotherapist working in an Indonesian hospital is being cared for in a Singapore hospital after collapsing during a volcano trek last week.

Twenty-two-year-old Lisa Orsi, who works in Bright Vision Hospital in Hougang, was hiking up a volcano last Friday when she fell unconscious. She was immediately rushed to hospital, where she was diagnosed with severe brain damage as a result of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and later transferred to the Singapore General Hospital.

Ms Orsi’s mother, Sharon Orsi, posted on Facebook that her daughter had suffered from altitude sickness and was now having tests carried out on her.

Altitude sickness is generally characterised by nausea and headaches caused by the decreased level of oxygen above 3,000m. Only in the most severe cases to people fall unconscious - and the person’s level of fitness is considered irrelevant.

The Singapore Gaelic Lions Gaelic football team set up an online fundraiser to pay for Ms Orsi’s medical expenses, while the Singapore Physiotherapy Association has also asked for donations. Ms Orsi was a member of both groups.
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