Woman Nearly Loses Her Life After Drinking Too Much Water During Marathon

According to the Met Office, this year’s London Marathon was the hottest on record, coming in at 23.2C (or, 73.76F). That may not sound that hot, especially if you live in the southern portion of the U.S., but the average daily temperature for London is 45/58F in April. Combine that with roads that are warmer than the air and you have a race full of very hot, active people. In order to combat the heat and stay hydrated, many marathoners turn to the ol’ standby, water.

With Family Before The Race



Johanna Pakenham is one of the runners who, along with many others, stayed cool and hydrated by drinking water during the London Marathon. However, Johanna drank more than a dozen bottles of it and wound up in a coma for a few days because of it.

Johanna Drinking Water During The London Marathon



The scariest part is that Johanna didn’t feel any ill effects from her overconsumption until later that night when she was at home. She couldn’t remember parts of the race including the finish line, which she reached in six hours 35 minutes.

“I remember starting the race but around halfway through is when things start to get hazy,” she explained. “I saw my family at the beginning and apparently, I saw them three times throughout, but I have no recollection of that.”

She also doesn’t remember taking the photograph below with another marathoner, saying, “I don’t recognize that woman in the photo.”

She Doesn’t Recognize This Woman




Johanna suffered a seizure and her partner, Richard, was forced to perform CPR on her until paramedics arrived. It was determined when she reached the hospital that she drank so much water that her sodium levels became abnormally low. This is known as hyponatremia and is a very serious and life-threatening condition.

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