Posted: Monday, October 24, 2022. 5:35 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) said today that, despite reports to the contrary on social media, football coach 38-year-old Manuel Manzanero died while receiving treatment at the San Ignacio Hospital last night.
Today Director of Hospital Services for the MOHW, Dr. Jorge Polanco from the MOHW, shared information from the preliminary report regarding Manzanero’s case, stressing that when he arrived at the hospital around 6:35 p.m. complaining of chest pains, he was immediately rendered assistance.
Polanco said that Manzanero’s vitals and medical history were taken, where it was learned that he was a hypertensive patient who had not been taking his medication, and told medical staff that he had consumed an “exotic drink” earlier in the day.
Manzanero’s blood pressure was also checked and produced a reading of 150/120, which Polanco said is consistent with a hypertensive crisis. Staff gave him some medication and he said that he was feeling better, but after a trip to the bathroom, he complained that he was again feeling ill.
“It was the time when he was scheduled to assess him again, to take his vitals. During that process, while he was sitting down, while his pressure was being taken again, he collapsed,” Polanco said.
The doctor in the emergency ward tried to resuscitate him, and also called for assistance from the doctor from the Maternity Ward, however, their combined efforts were unsuccessful. A post-mortem examination is pending.
Polanco also refuted allegations that there was only one doctor working in the hospital at the time, saying that at any given time the San Ignacio Hospital has either seven or eight doctors working at the time, with systems in place to bring in General Practitioners to cover when a doctor is sick or goes on leave.
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