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Tragic Lisa Orsi suffered extreme altitude sickness during Indonesia volcano trip, say family

By Chris Kilpatrick

Medics treating a young Northern Irish woman who is on life support in Singapore have told her family she suffered "extreme altitude sickness".

Lisa Orsi (22) collapsed following a trip to a volcano in Indonesia last month. The Londonderry woman's body is being kept alive by a life-support machine, but her family have accepted there is no hope that she can recover.

Lisa's parents Dennis and Sharon flew to Singapore with Lisa, where her organs will be used for transplantation.

In a Facebook post thanking the many friends who have rallied around the family since news of the tragedy emerged, Mrs Orsi explained the family were awaiting the results of some tests.

"Due to the fact that Lisa's illness happened in Java and we are now in Singapore, we have a lot of red tape to get through," she added.

Sharon told friends that they have been in "great contact" with Lisa's medical team who informed the family she suffered from "extreme altitude sickness".

"We spent the day with our baby yesterday as Lisa's Singapore brothers and sisters came to see and visit her, we could not believe the numbers," she said.

"Her GAA team have been fantastic and couldn't be any more supportive and we will be eternally grateful to them as we are to you all for your words of encouragement and good wishes."

Further Reading

Lisa Orsi: Trek tragedy woman's organs to be donated after tests show no brain activity 

Lisa Orsi: Grieving friends remember an angel who touched lives of everybody she met with kindness  

Lisa Orsi: 'She's shining down on us and I know I'll always feel her warmth' 

Lisa Orsi: Our only hope is a miracle, say family of woman who fell ill on Indonesia trek 

Lisa's relatives are overwhelmed by goodwill as £13,000 pledged within days  

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