14-year-old Raffles Institution rugby player in ICU after collapse

A Raffles Institution (RI) student is in critical condition after collapsing from a heat stroke in school last Wednesday.

Joehann Johari, 14, a Year 2 student and member of the school's C Division rugby team, fainted around 9am while jogging during rugby training. He was sent to KK Women's and Children's Hospital where he has been unconscious since.

He has been warded in the hospital's intensive care unit, where he is hooked up to a ventilation machine to help him breathe. It is understood that he is suffering from liver and kidney failure. He has not undergone any surgery.

In a statement to The Straits Times, RI confirmed the incident, adding that the student is "currently undergoing treatment" and that the school's "staff are in touch with the family to provide any assistance as needed". The school declined further comment.

The Straits Times understands that RI staff have been visiting Joehann daily. The boy's parents have been keeping vigil by his bedside. When contacted, Joehann's mother declined comment.

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