South Africa’s jailed ath­lete Pis­to­rius taken to hospi­tal

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

(Reuters) - Os­car Pis­to­rius, the South African Par­a­lympic gold medal­list serv­ing a six-year jail term for mur­der­ing his girl­friend, was taken to hospi­tal on Thurs­day, a prison ser­vice spokesman said.

The prison ser­vice pro­vided no de­tails of Pis­to­rius’s ill­ness, but a spokesman, Lo­gan Maistry, said he would be kept in hospi­tal overnight for ob­ser­va­tion. He said he could not com­ment on a re­port by the Cit- izen web­site that Pis­to­rius suf­fered chest pains and prison staff sus­pected a heart at­tack.

“I am not aware of (that re­port) or what he suf­fered from,” Maistry said. “What I am aware of is that he was this morn­ing taken to an out­side hospi­tal for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion ... “

Last Au­gust, Pis­to­rius de­nied try­ing to kill him­self after he was treated in hospi­tal for wrist in­juries.

The ath­lete was sen- tenced to six years in prison in July last year after be­ing found guilty of mur­der­ing his girl­friend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valen­tine’s Day 2013.

He reached the pin­na­cle of his fame in 2012 when he be­came the first dou­ble am­putee to run in the Olympics, mak­ing the 400 me­ters semi-fi­nals in Lon­don be­fore tak­ing two golds in the Par­a­lympics.

Pis­to­rius’ fam­ily spokes­woman was not im­me­di­ately avail­able to com­ment.

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