Running man released from hospital

Cai Wenjun
Doctors in Shanghai say over-exercise could have caused a patient's multiple organ failure and put him in a critical condition for nearly two months.
Cai Wenjun

A 39-year-old man who suffered multiple organ failure and was in a critical condition for nearly two months because of too much exercise in hot weather has been allowed home, Renji Hospital said on Friday.

The man, surnamed Chen, fainted on the morning of July 6 while out running and was taken to the hospital’s branch in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. Doctors said Chen had suffered organ failure due to rhabdomyolysis, which could have been caused by the hot weather and over-exercise.

Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle tissue that leads to the release of muscle fiber content into the blood, causing kidney damage.

Doctors in Ningbo managed to stabilize the man's condition temporarily and decided to send him to Shanghai for further treatment. He was in a coma when he was admitted to Renji's intensive care unit on July 22.

Later it was found he had a superbug infection and doctors at Renji cooperated with their peers at the city's Huashan Hospital to work on a plan to control the infection.

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