A Ghanaian recruit in the British Army, Kamil Iddrisu, has died.
Iddrisu, who suffered from sickle cell disease, died after suffering severe kidney damage due to extreme exercise. He collapsed during training and passed away.
According to reports from the BBC and the Daily Mail, Iddrisu’s sickle cell condition had been undiagnosed leading to his death.
Sickle cell disease is a group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become misshapen and break down.
The disease causes red blood cells to contort into a sickle shape. They die early leading to a shortage of healthy red blood cells (sickle cell anaemia) and can block blood flow causing pain (sickle cell crisis). Infections, pain and fatigue are symptoms of sickle cell disease.
Iddrisu was part of a select group of recruits training for officer selection into the British Army at the Whittington Barracks in Staffordshire.