In Avdviika, Ukraine, Elina, a 6-year-old girl, died on January 11 of a heart attack likely caused by stress while the city lives under rocket blasts day and night.
As the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine approaches, fighting at the front lines intensifies. While some residents had time to flee the bombed areas, others were trapped and fled to the basements of their building.
Among these people was Elina, a 6 year old girl. The latter, living in fear and cold, died of stress on January 11 in Avdiivka, a city on the Donbass front.
According to Le Parisien, the little girl has been living with her grandparents since her father’s death in 2020. A year later, her mother emigrated to Russia to work. Since the rooms in the apartment were far too exposed to the rockets, the young girl and her grandparents decided to live in the basement. They lived on cardboard mats and without heating.
But recently Elina felt bad. The little girl complained of tingling in her hands. His feet were pretty cold. Concerned about their granddaughter’s health, the grandparents wanted to take her to the hospital.
However, the explosions of the rockets and the intensity of the shelling prevented the couple from taking the risk and getting out. The child died of a heart attack on the night of January 11th.
The daily claims that Elina had no history of heart disease. Furthermore, the autopsy revealed no deformity that could explain this death.
swelling of the heart, which can lead to death
according to dr Brigitte Milhau, health specialist at CNEWS, it’s entirely possible to “die of fear.” In fact, “the brain and the heart are intimately connected. During a great emotion, the brain asks our adrenal glands to release something called catecholamines, stress substances (…) that can act on the heart in certain ways (…) causing a fake heart attack,” she explained.
“It will lead to ventricular distension. The latter swells and can no longer contract. We then have the same symptoms as a heart attack (tingling, chest pains, shortness of breath…) that can go as far as cardiac arrest,” she added.