Local man hospitalized last weekend with heat stroke

A local man is home resting after being hospitalized with heat stroke last Sunday.

Posted: Jul 5, 2018 4:23 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2018 9:43 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A local man is home resting after being hospitalized with heat stroke last Sunday. 

Alex Babich enjoys working outdoors, even on hot summer days. On Sunday, he did some gardening, and laid stone along his driveway. 

SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE 

If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. 

-Core body temperature of 104*F or more. 
-Confusion or agitation. 
-Alteration in sweating. 
-Nausea or vomiting. 
-Flushed skin. 
-Rapid breathing and heart rate. 
-Headache. 
 
 

"I spent probably five or six hours outside, and I thought I was drinking plenty of water, but apparently I wasn't," Babich said. 

Babich said he started feeling sick that evening, and knew something wasn't right. 

"After a while, hours and hours of throwing up, my mom took me to the hospital,the ER, and they said I got heat stroke," he said. 

FOX 55 reached out to doctors at Parkview Regional Medical Center, but they've been busy following the holiday. Babich said they immediately took action to hydrate him. 

"They pumped a double dose of water in me and double dose of meds, nausea meds, and he said it was one of the worst cases he's seen with this heat, at Parkview," Babich said. 

He said he works outside so often, he never thought the heat would get to him. 

"You sweat, you lose a lot of stuff, and you have to replenish it," he said. 

Now he's relaxing with his family, and making sure they're staying cool, too. But, now that he's had heat stroke, it's more likely to happen again. 

"Just make sure you stay hydrated, and make sure you drink plenty of water and electrolytes and just take care of yourself," Babich said. "Be careful. This heat's no joke."

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