Sport Kato Ottio's death questioned after PNG rugby league star collapsed during training with 'possible heat stroke'

06:51  12 january  2018
06:51  12 january  2018 Source:   MSN

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Kato Ottio ' s sudden death is thought to have been caused by severe heatstroke , the hospital where he was treated in Papua New Guinea has revealed. He had earlier collapsed after taking part in an 8km road run with his former PNG Hunters team-mates.

Rugby League News. Kato Ottio collapsed after a road run in Papua New Guinea. He had earlier collapsed after taking part in an eight-kilometre road run with his former PNG Hunters team-mates.

Kato Ottio of Papua New Guinea is congratulated by team mates as they wait for a referee decison on a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between England and Papua New Guinea Kumuls at AAMI Park on November 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.© (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) Kato Ottio of Papua New Guinea is congratulated by team mates as they wait for a referee decison on a try during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final match between England and Papua New Guinea Kumuls at AAMI Park on November 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Questions are being raised over the death this week of Papua New Guinea's rising rugby league star, and former Canberra Raider, Kato Ottio.

One of the hospitals which treated him after the 23-year-old collapsed during a run at training said it was likely he suffered from severe heat stroke.

But many in PNG have questioned how a young, elite athlete who had played at the highest level for his country at last year's rugby league World Cup, could die so suddenly.

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Kato Ottio (centre) played for Papua New Guinea in their quarter-final loss to England at the Rugby League World Cup in November. Widnes Vikings and Papua New Guinea centre Kato Ottio , who died aged 23, is believed to have suffered severe heat stroke after a training run.

Ottio's death sent shockwaves across rugby league-mad Papua New Guinea and left his former teammates devastated.

He is being farewelled at a funeral in PNG's capital Port Moresby today.

Ottio spent the past two seasons with the Canberra Raiders, and was due to fly to the UK this week to join the Widnes Vikings.

But coach Michael Marum, who described Ottio as one of the "best players in the country", told local media Ottio wanted extra training before leaving Port Moresby.

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Kato Ottio starred for Papua New Guinea during last year' s Rugby league World Cup. Heat stroke is being cited as a possible cause for the death of Papua New Guinea league star Kato Ottio .

"He made a call to me Sunday, 'coach, what are the boys doing? Can I do some training'," Marum said.

"He turned up and made arrangements with his old Kumul (PNG's national team) playmates."

Marum said he found out later he had been taken to hospital.

'Possible severe heat stroke'

At 1pm he was taken to a suburban Port Moresby health clinic, which said it would not speak publicly on its treatment of Ottio until Monday.

It was another five hours before he was taken to a much better-equipped facility, the Pacific International Hospital.

A statement released by the Pacific International Hospital said Ottio arrived "in a critically ill condition which appeared to be complications of a possible severe heat stroke".

Associate Professor Shane Brun, a sports medicine expert at James Cook University, described heat stroke as a rise in the body's core temperature causing the body the shut down.

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The death of Kato Ottio (R) has rocked his former Canberra Raiders teammates. Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says Kato Ottio ' s death 'knocked me for six'. Kato Ottio (C) on the charge for PNG at the Rugby League World Cup.

Rugby League News. Wellington Albert has been offered support ahead of his move to Widnes after the sudden death of former team-mate Kato Ottio . "He collapsed and was taken up to the hospital but they couldn't help him. Wellington didn't train but he went to the hospital.

A normal core temperature is about 37 degrees Celsius.

"Once it gets above 40 degrees … the body can no longer sweat, the temperature increases and the organs get drastically affected and shut down and no longer operate correctly," Associate Professor Brun said.

"Unless you get immediate expert medical care, it's often very, very difficult to save someone in that situation."

Mr Brun, who spent some time in PNG working with FIFA, said a heat stroke victim can become delirious or unconscious within minutes and other neurological symptoms set in.

Calls for heat policy

Although heat stroke can be fatal, Mr Brun said Ottio's death was unusual considering the athlete's young age and fitness level.

"Most likely there's probably things going on there, either him having an illness or not listening to his body," he said.

"If you read the report, in the run back he had started to fatigue, he started to slow down, he became quite lethargic.

"They're the warning signs that really needed to be listened to."

Ottio's death happened the same week England's cricket captain Joe Root was hospitalised for dehydration, prompting calls in Australia for cricket to introduce a heat policy.

Mr Brun said not having a universal policy for all sporting codes can be an issue, but he said Ottio's death highlighted the need for such policies to be in place for training as well.

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