Apolot shows improvement after heart complications

Tuesday December 17 2019

Showing progress. Patricia Apolot. Photo by

Showing progress. Patricia Apolot. Photo by Ismail Kezaala 


Reigning Uganda Press Sports Association (USPA) female kick boxer of the year Patricia Apolot, nicknamed ‘The Black Pearl’, has shown progress after complaints about severe chest pains that were linked to a mild heart attack while training at her Elohim Kick Boxing Camp in Ngora, Teso last week.
The condition halted her training routines as she had to travel to Kampala for further medication with a severe chest pain, a key trait of a heart attack. “Right now I am on treatment, and the good thing is that it does not restrict me from training,” said Apolot while interacting with fans on her Facebook account.
Apolot has been training 41 fighters including 28 seniors, eight juniors and five girls drawn from all Teso districts of Amuria, Bukedea, Kaberamaido, Kapelebyong, Katakwi, Kumi, Ngora, Serere and Soroti at her Elohim base with the National Championships around the corner, from December 20-23 in Kampala. The camp also has up to eight clubs across the Teso region undergoing training.
Uganda’s most decorated female kick boxer had issues with blood flow through veins, forcing her heart to generate excess pressure for relative blood supply to other body parts. “My heart veins narrowed and blood could hardly be circulated, meaning my heart had to use a lot of pressure,” she said. “At times I came close to suffocating in the middle of the night,” she added.
She is also grateful that the complication was detected early on and dealt with. “I thanks the Almighty God for helping me discover the problem earlier than late, I’m feeling way better and sleep without any problems although I still have a little chest pain, but I think when the dose is done, all these pains will go,” reasoned Apolot who has vowed to watch what she eats and how she trains after this scary experience.