A 30-year-old Queensland man has died from heatstroke over the weekend, just two weeks before the due date of his first son.
Pilot Matthew Hall is said to have been dirt bike riding on the Sunshine Coast before collapsing from heatstroke, 7 News reports.
By the time paramedics got to him he was reportedly in an extremely confused state and his organs were beginning to shut down.
"For those of you who don't know, my love and my light died yesterday from dehydration and exhaustion while dirt bike riding," Hall's wife Emily wrote in a post on her Instagram that's no longer available.
She described him as her "best friend and soul mate" saying that although she can't fathom life without him -- her strength is knowing he will live through their son.
"I will love him enough for the two of us and I will make sure I do Matt proud and be the best mum to him," she wrote in the heartbreaking post.
According to 7 News, Hall's body temperature was reportedly at 42 degrees before he died. Critical heatstroke is said to begin at 40.5 degrees.
What is heatstroke and how do we treat it?
Heatstroke is when a person's body temperature rises above 40.5C causing the body's internal systems to shut down. When someone becomes dehydrated from the heat, they don't sweat as much as they usually would. This causes their blood to become concentrated and organ functioning becomes impaired.
Symptoms can include an extremely high body temperature, dry swollen tongue, rapid pulse, no sweating, throbbing headache, nausea, confusion, dizziness, collapse and eventual unconsciousness.
To prevent heatstroke occurring people should drink plenty of water, plan ahead, stay cool and wear light coloured clothing.
If you are with someone who develops heatstroke call 000, do not give the person fluids to drink, remove excess clothing, wet their skin, place the person on their side and monitor their body temperature where possible.
Source: Better Health
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