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.

By David George
Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 9:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 11:13 am

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.

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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.’

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