Former National High Jump Champion Suffers Heart Attack

Patrick Etolu, the former high jump national champion is battling for his life at Soroti Referral Hospital. The 78-year-old former national champion was rushed to hospital on Thursday last week after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Asinge cell in Madera ward in Soroti Municipality.

Dr. Cate Namanyanja, one of the doctors on duty on Tuesday at Soroti Referral Hospital, told URN that Etolu was weak, coughing, had difficulties with breathing and swollen legs when he was admitted.
Namanyanja however, says Etolu’s life is out of danger as he is responding well to treatment and is better compared to when he was rushed there.

Joseph Enepu, a son to the former national high jump champion, says before they rushed their father to the referral hospital they tried treating him in various clinics in Soroti but it became too costly for the family yet they lack funds. Enepu says that when the condition of their father worsened on Thursday they had no option but to rush him to Soroti Referral hospital.

Patrick Etolu, the youngest child in the family has appealed for help from well wishers. He says there are some drugs that have been prescribed for their father, but they can’t afford them because of lack of funds.

The 78-year-old Patrick Etolu was part of the maiden team, which represented Uganda in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. He also held the national high-jump record of 1.96 meters from the mid 1950’s until 1999.

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