ARUA, UGANDA: Traders and residents of Avenue Road in Arua city were left in grief and shock on Sunday after a bodaboda cyclist collapsed in front of a bookshop and died instantly.
Cirilo Amaniyo, in his 50s, a resident of Mingoro Andraa, in Anzu, Ayivuni, Ayivu West Division, reportedly showed no signs of sickness before eyewitnesses saw him fall helplessly to his death.
Jimmy Angudubo, the deceased’s son, told NewVision that his father had no history of health complications throughout his life.
One of the eyewitnesses, Ms Patience Ndera, who runs an agent banking teller in the bookshop said by the time help was accorded to Amaniyo, it was too late to save his life.
“The customer went inside to deposit money while the bodaboda rider sat on a bench outside. He fell down, but when we helped him up, it was too late to take him for treatment and he died,” Ndera explained.
Another eyewitness, Stephen Matua who rode with the deceased for about 20.6 km to Arua city said he only learned about the shocking development when he started to look for Amaniyo to begin the return journey.
Dr Ojidri Jovito from Rhema Hospital in Arua explained the possible causes of such an abrupt death.
“Death after a sudden collapse we usually see with people who get heart attacks, people having underlying hypertension or any other heart diseases or if the person has been sick or a blood clot to the lungs, a condition called pulmonary embolism,” Ojidri explained.
Another common cause according to Dr Ojidri is high blood pressure which causes bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke).
The body was by Sunday evening taken to Arua Regional Referral Hospital for a postmortem.