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Private Hospital Releases Statement on Ottio’s Death

The Pacific International Hospital has released a Press Statement this afternoon regarding Kato Ottio’s death.

The statement cites that Ottio was critically ill when he was taken to the hospital.

Read the full statement below:

Late Kato was critically ill when he was brought in by his guardians to the PIH Emergency Room at about 6 PM on 07 Jan 2018.

He was transferred from Gerehu Clinic where he had apparently first presented. There was no medical referral or transfer notes.

It was reported by the patient’s attendants that late Kato had allegedly collapsed during a training session, involving road running at approximately 1 PM and was also reported to have had a possible seizure.

He was taken to the Gerehu clinic where he was attended to between 1 PM to 6 PM. The treatment undertaken at the Gerehu Clinic was not communicated to PIH at the time of transfer and attempts to contact the treating doctors at Gerehu Clinic by us were unsuccessful.

Late Kato was brought to PIH in a critically ill condition which appeared to be complications of a possible severe heat stroke. He was promptly attended to at the PIH Emergency Room by the ER duty doctors and the Critical Care specialist. He was then transferred to the intensive care unit for further management and life support measures.

Extensive diagnostic work up including a chest Xray, CT Brain and several blood tests were done to continuously monitor the patient’s condition.

Unfortunately, despite all treatment measures the patient’s medical condition deteriorated and he finally succumbed during the early hours of 09 Jan 18.

The clinical details cannot be shared owing to patient confidentiality. PIH recommends a post-mortem to determine the definite cause of death.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of late Kato. His death is indeed a loss for PNG.

Source: Press Statement

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