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Sinong may sala? Ateneo de Manila org stops accepting applicants after student dies

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A student organization within the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) has ceased accepting new recruits after an applicant died during a test run.

Trisha Marie Yap, a senior taking up BS Management, passed away on September 19 during a test run conducted by the Loyola Mountaineers (LM) inside the ADMU campus.

In a statement, LM said Yap collapsed along Fr. Masterson Drive at around 6:23 p.m., 44 minutes into the activity. Pacers from the org and marshals at the scene quickly called for paramedics, which arrived within two minutes. She was brought to the Office of Health Services (OHS) clinic for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Yap was brought to the World Citi Medical Center in Anonas at around 6:52 p.m. through an ambulance. However, she was declared dead at 7:20 p.m. despite efforts to revive her.

Sherman Yap, Trisha’s father, told the student publication The Guidon that her death certificate listed the cause of her demise as fatal arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat.

Neil Reyes, officer-in-charge of the ADMU Office of Student Affairs (OSA) at the time of the incident, said they have formed an ad hoc fact-finding committee to probe Yap’s death.

LM president Mark Comia said the organization has stopped the application process as it reviews the procedure for accepting members. He told The Guidon that they have been consulting with doctors, health experts, professional athletes, and professional runners on how to make the test runs safer.

Trisha’s father said that while ADMU handled the incident in the best way possible, he believes LM’s test run was “very poorly organized” since there was “no effective emergency response” on standby.

Mr. Yap said his daughter only informed him about the test run two weeks before it happened, though Comia said all applicants were notified about the event a month ahead.

“I am not sure what to believe. Things might have turned out differently if Trisha was given more time to prepare,” he said.

Mr. Yap said their family has a history of being diagnosed with severe arrhythmia, including himself. However, LM said Trisha was given medical clearance to take part in the test run.