STATES CHRONICLE – Earlier this week, a terrible storm has affected Melbourne. The spike in electrical activity combined with strong winds and high humidity lead to the death of four people. Thunderstorm asthma is a common occurrence during violent storms as the powerful winds raise the level of pollen in the air.
For the moment, Ambulance Victoria has not confirmed that the four deaths were caused by thunderstorm asthma, but the authorities are currently investigating the deaths.
Monday’s thunderstorm claimed the life of 18-year-old Omar Majoulled, a student described by his peers as an exemplary pupil with good grades and high moral values. His colleagues already raised over $4000 through a crowdfunding campaign to construct a well in Bangladesh in the memory of the high schooler.
The school declared that all students will receive counseling this week. It also stated that, if the counselors notice that the pupils are still affected at the end of the week, they will extend the period.
Another victim of Monday’s storm, Hope Carnevali, died while waiting over 40 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. Her family is accusing the Emergency Department of gross negligence as they consider that the woman’s life could have been saved if they were notified of the ambulance’s delay.
The family first called for an ambulance when they noticed Hope had trouble breathing. After ten minutes had passed, the mother phoned again and was informed that an ambulance was close to them.
Ten more minutes passed, and the sister tried to contact ambulance services again, receiving a similar answer, the person at the end of the line instructing them to wait.
When Hope stopped breathing, the family started performing CPR for twenty minutes before professionals finally arrived.
However, John Carnevali, the victim’s uncle, insisted on mentioning that they are blaming the system, not the personnel who tried everything in their power to bring Hope back to life.
According to a public statement, there were over 1900 emergency calls in only five hours during the storm that affected the entire state.
Besides the four individuals who already died, one person is still in critical condition while several others are in intensive care.
Thunderstorm asthma is caused by an abrupt change in air quality as the level of irritants and particles skyrockets. Moreover, the increased humidity shattered pollen particles, the air becoming extremely dangerous for people suffering from asthma.
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