In compliance with the terms and conditions of my recent competition, today is the day I am required to announce the winner. Sadly, I will not be announcing the winner.
Earlier this week I did have an initial consultation with the winner of the competition. During the health evaluation I took her blood pressure: it was higher than I would have liked. My winner has an autoimmune condition, antiphospholipid syndrome also known as Hughes syndrome. Exercising regularly is one of the treatment recommendations but this is also a condition that results in thickening of the circulating blood and carries a risk of blood clots.
As a result of our consultation and discussion, my winner made an appointment to see her GP and is now undergoing tests. Clearance to exercise has been revoked pending the medical investigations.
While on one hand I feel a little dejected that the situation has turned out this way, on the other hand I am very glad the competition led to the winner seeking the medical attention required.
Due to the situation and the timing, I will hold any further action until the medical investigations are completed and the winner has had time to consider what she would like to do. In my view this is the appropriate course of action given the unusual circumstances.