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Fatal Heat Stroke in Vehicle Entrapped Siblings

SK Onah, CI Ndukwu, NA Ogbuefi


Background: Vehicle entrapment is a recognized risk factor for paediatrics morbidity and mortality. The dominant concern about entrapment is heat stroke (extreme form of hyperthermia), though it often occurs in combination with other factors like asphyxiation and dehydration
Objective: To report a case of three children with heat stroke following entrapment in a car.
Method: A case report of 3 children with heat stroke following entrapment managed at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.
Result: One child died before presentation, one died on admission and the third recovered.
Conclusion: Vehicle entrapment poses a significant threat to childhood morbidity and mortality and the risk factors are embedded within the seemingly innocuous routines of daily family living. It is extremely invaluable that every means of public enlightenment is deployed to get the ignorant and unsuspecting public aware of this danger.

Keywords: Fatal heat stroke, vehicle, entrapped siblings.

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