A man wipes away his sweat in Hanoi. Photo: TN
Two people have been hospitalized with heat stroke symptoms in the northern region which has been hit by an unusual hot summer.
One of the patients was a 47-year-old man who was admitted to Hanoi's Bach Mai Hospital with a serious brain trauma on Saturday.
He was transfered from a hospital in the nearby province Ninh Binh, where he reportedly had been harvesting rice over the past two weeks, working under the sun for four to six hours a day.
The man, whose identity was not revealed, started talking nonsene when he was packing a rice sack in the field, and passed out a few minutes later, doctors said.
When he was rushed to Ninh Binh General Hospital, he was in a deep coma with a high fever and red skin.
After 12 hours of emergency treatment, he was moved to the Hanoi hospital, where he still requires the support of breathing machines. He has regained consciousness but still has cognitive problems, according to doctors.
The second patient, a 88-year-old woman was admitted to Friendship Hospital in Hanoi also on Saturday.
Doctors said she lost consciousness and developed seizures when she was visiting a local market.
Upon hospitalization, her skin was red all over her body and her blood pressure soared up.
She is recovering but still has fatigue and a slight fever.
As Hanoi and northern provinces have been seeing a record heat wave that could bring temperatures up to 41 degrees Celsius, health experts have warned people about heat stroke risks.
Around 80 percent of people who expose to the sun for a long time are likely to be sickened without being aware of it, they said, adding that symptoms include respiratory difficulties, dizziness, headache, fatigue and consciousness loss.