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  • Writer's picture Mark Moises Calayan

68-yr.-old man suffering from hypokalemia found dead at vacant lot in Isabela

Updated: Jun 9

Santiago City, Isabela - A 68-year-old man suffering from hypokalemia was already dead when found on Thursday, June 6 at a vacant lot in Santiago City, Isabela.


The victim, hidden in the name "Jose", is a resident of Buenavista, Santiago City.


One of the relatives, during an interview with a local media outlet, relayed that Jose left their house at around 12:00 am on that day. Jose did not return home until the evening, making them worried that they decided to search for the old man.


During their search, they found Jose lying at a vacant lot in Purok 4, Barangay Buenavista 11 p.m. on the same day. When they checked on him, they found he was lifeless.

They immediately reported the matter to the authorities who later conducted an investigation.


The latter’s family, during an investigation, confessed to police that Jose was suffering from hypokalemia.


Believing that his illness might have caused his death, police ruled out that there was no foul play involved in the incident.


Hypokalemia is a condition when the amount of potassium in the blood is too low. The normal levels of potassium for an adult range from 3.5 to 5.2 mEq/L (3.5 to 5.2 mmol/L). Anything lower than 3 mEq/L (3 mmol/L) may be considered severe hypokalemia. This condition can lead to life-threatening situations, like respiratory muscle paralysis.

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