Hampshire woman dies after martial arts fight
TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman who died of a brain injury after a martial arts fight.
Sai Aletaha, 26, collapsed on Saturday night at the Central Hall venue in Southampton.
She was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition but died the following day.
Hampshire Constabulary said inquiries into exactly what happened are ongoing.
A post on Southampton's Lookborai gym's Facebook page said: ‘Following the show Saturday we regret to announce that one of our team mates unfortunately suffered an injury leaving her in a critical condition that she tragically will not recover from.
‘Saeideh Aletaha was a lovely character with a beautiful soul. Her dedication to the sport was 110 per cent travelling miles every day just to train.
‘She found her place with us just a few months ago but has become a part of the family and will be sorely missed.’
South Central Ambulance Service confirmed it was called shortly after 8.50pm after the woman collapsed.
A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘We were called shortly before 1am on Sunday, November 17 by colleagues at Southampton General Hospital informing us of a woman who was being treated in hospital for a life-threatening brain injury.
‘The woman, aged 26, died in hospital later that day.
‘Inquiries into exactly what happened are ongoing. Next of kin have been informed.’