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Sickness and cramps from volcanic gases

09.04.2021 - 11:57
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 Mynd: Thelma Dórey Pálmadóttir
“I needed to throw up. I laid down on the ground and tried to vomit but nothing came up. Then, when the worst of the nausea had passed, I got really cold and started shaking, I got cramp in my hands and knees, and couldn’t even stand up,” says Thelma Dórey Pálmadóttir, age 14, who visited the Geldingadalir eruption on Easter Sunday. The explanation she has received from doctors is that it was probably volcanic gas poisoning.

Paramedics could not believe their eyes 

Search & rescue workers transported Thelma to a waiting ambulance. “They tested my carbon dioxide level and it was very low. It was five or six and should be 35 on average. They thought the equipment was broken. They’d never seen so low. Then I was rushed to hospital in Keflavík,” Thelma says—adding that she is not an unusually sensitive person when it comes to external environmental factors. 

Ten people felt symptoms 

The poisoning treatment centre at Landspítali national university hospital has received ten calls from people asking for advice after visiting the volcano. The centre is open to give such advice around the clock. 

Thelma was moved to the children’s hospital in Reykjavík, where she received oxygen and intravenous fluids for four hours.  

Were you very close to the lava? 

“No, not really. We sat a little higher and were walking around; not still in one spot.” 

Visitors to the eruption are advised to stay upwind whenever possible. 

Still sick four days later 

Thelma did not go to school yesterday, but said she was feeling much stronger. The nausea had still not disappeared, however. She calls on people to seek search & rescue team help if they feel unwell at the volcano: “They did really well. They reacted quickly and provided help right away.” 

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