INCHEON, Korea — Taekwondo jin Benjamin Keith Sembrano was taken to the Jan Chok Medical Hospital on Monday after he complained of severe chest pains, but has returned to the Athletes Village to be monitored before being given the go signal to return to training.
The Philippine bet in the -68kg division was initially attended to by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) nurse Ellen Constantino who alerted team doctor Ferdinand Brawner about the first medical issue met by the medical team.
Brawner rushed from the sailing venue to meet Sembrano at a polyclinic where the athlete was first brought for emergency check up before he was sent to the Jan Chok Medical Hospital for further tests.
The medical team suspected a possible chest injury sustained after training.
But Brawner allayed fears Sembrano’s case was serious after further tests revealed normal levels on the athletes’ electrocardiography, blood and carbon dioxide levels.
Sembrano’s blood calcium level was slightly on the high side but not abnormal, said Brawner.
“Nagha-hyperventilate siya when he was brought to the clinic,” Braner said.
“Baka na-dehydrate during training,” Brawner added. “But we are not taking risks, he will have to rest before he would be given the green light to train again.”