On 29th December 2005, on a usual MRCC night ride to Kota Damansara one of my cyclist suddenly collapsed. I did not cycle on that night and I was shaken by their call. By the time I rush to the spot, police patrol, ambulance and his relatives already arrived. I was told that ambulance arrived 20 minutes later and confirmed his brain dead. Brain death is the 'ultimate' death after the heart dead. Heart dead can still resuscitate if someone knows CPR.
Chun Chen is a healthy 17 years old boy and a strong cyclist. Due to SPM preparations, he stops cycling for six months. That night is his second ride after the exam. He was training enthusiastically to reduce his slightly over weighted body. That day he went for gym workout, jogging and later join MRCC for night ride. During the ride, he was pushing hard to keep up with some strong cyclists. Out of the sudden, he collapsed and never wakes up ever since. Yesterday we received a call from the police department saying that his death was due some sort of cardiac (heart) problem from autopsy reports.
Chun Chen is a great guy. He is a MRCC regular cyclist, a great protégé and good friend of mine. It's a great lost to the club and to his family. He's the eldest son with another brother few years younger. Some of you may know him where he always joins us for night ride, Sunday ride and 2004 Fraser's Hill cycling trip.
Some of the same symptom death that I'm aware in Malaysia
- 2002 One old man decease when running Penang Bridge full marathon
- 2002 One mid 40's man decease when running Ipoh half marathon
- 2004 One mid 30's man decease when running Hong Leong 5km run
- I personally also heard of two different men decease on the court while playing badminton.
I never take it seriously until now. By searching the net, it's horrified to know that 1 out of 200,000 healthy sportsperson deceased due to "hypertrophic cardiomyopathy". Do spend sometime browsing the followings:
My messages to everyone are:
1. Be healthy to enjoy sports and NOT pushing sports to stay healthy
2. Spend RM200 or less to learn CPR, it's an invaluable skill. CPR does not confirm you can save a life, but at least there is a hope before it's too late. (I felt really bad that I did not join the ride, I'm a trained CPR and First-aid)
3. No one knows the future, appreciate your love ones and spend more time with them
4. Stay healthy, happy and enjoy life to the fullness, live is too short to be waste
I know it's not good news for the New Year; I just want to share all my messages.
President Midnight Rodeos Cycling Club