Chen Jia is treated by medical personnel after collapsing in the inaugural Guangzhou Marathon.
Guanzhou’s inaugural marathon didn’t get off to a good start. Two men have died after collapsing during the race, amidst allegations of a lack of bottled water for runners and poor medical response times.
The first death came at the height of the marathon, when 21-year-old (some reports say 19) Chen Jia collapsed just after reaching the finish line of the 10 kilometre race. Chen received medical treatment at the scene but was declared dead upon arrival at a nearby hospital.
While Chen was at least attended to by emergency services, Ding Xiqiao, who passed away early on Tuesday morning in a Guangzhou hospital, was allegedly left untreated on the ground for 20 minutes.
“Ding fell down on the ground at about 8.06am, but the first ambulance only arrived at 8.27am,” [his colleague] Chen Yangjie told the Nanfang Daily. When an ambulance finally did arrived, it was not equipped with a respirator, he said.
Medical staff performed CPR, while they waited for a second ambulance equipped with defibrillators and respirators to arrive, Chen said. The runner was not admitted to hospital until 9.10am – an hour after his collapse.
Numerous runners complained that the organizers of the marathon had failed to adequately prepare for a race with over 20,000 competitors. One runner told the Nanfang Daily that she had to pick up other athletes’ discarded bottles to get any water, which the organizers had failed to provide enough of.
The organizers have reportedly offered Chen’s family 300,000 yuan in compensation, suggesting they are at least aware of their complicity in his death, even if they won’t come out and say it:
Not only does [the official] statement fail to answer the complaints about the medical response and lack of water, it also failed to promise that there would be review of the marathon’s practices before next year’s event.
In contrast, the recent Beijing Marathon, which attracted 30,000 competitors, resulted in no deaths. The Shanghai Marathon takes place on December 1st.
[Via: Beijing Cream]