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Woman suffering from 'bends' taken to hospital

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:45 p.m. HST, Aug 22, 2014

A 62-year-old woman was transported to a hospital in serious condition Friday morning after apparently suffering from the "bends," according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

The incident occurred at 10:22 a.m. at Kewalo Basin.

The bends is a popular term for decompression sickness, in which dissolved gasses bubble within the body due to rapid changes in pressure. The condition can occur during scuba diving or high-altitude activities.

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