Heart ailment ba? Police report shows UST Aegis brutally hammered Atio’s arms ‘black and blue till they were about to explode’
Hazing victim Horacio Castillo III died due to severe blunt traumatic injuries in both upper limbs and not from a heart ailment as claimed by members of UST Aegis Juris.
The Manila Police District’s final medico legal report on Castillo cited other findings from a microscopic examination of tissue:
1. Acute tubular necrosis and congestion (kidneys);
2. Severe pulmonary congestion and edeme (lungs);
3. Fatty Metamorphosis (liver);
4. Focal Autolysis (pancreas); and
5. Normal Histology (brain, heart, spleen).
The report said that what caused Castillo’s immediate death were traumatic soft tissue injuries from swollen arms.
Witness Mark Anthony Ventura said Castillo’s arms were beaten until they looked like they were about to explode.
“The mechanism of death from traumatic soft tissue injuries will cause rhabdomyolysis (skeletal breakdown) resulting to electrolyte imbalance and acute kidney injury. Increased potassium in the blood and decreased calcium in the blood due to muscle trauma will cause immediate death from cardiac failure,” the report said.