Teen athlete Jessica Lindsay was preparing for her second official Muay Thai fight. The 18-year-old was determined to make the 140 lbs weight division — a quest that would ultimately take her life.
On the eve of the fight, Lindsay and her 14-year-old sister, Grace, went for a run, until suddenly the previously healthy teen collapsed.
“Jess was no different to any of us. She was healthy. She was training hard right up to the point she passed out,” Grace told The Project.
“We had no signs. She was healthy a week before. She was healthy five days before that happened.”
Lindsay was rushed to hospital just 30 minutes before the final weigh-in, which would determine who she’d be matched with the next day.
“Jessica never did anything 50 per cent. When she committed, she committed to it and she would always go beyond,” said a family member.
Tragically, Lindsay didn’t regain consciousness after passing out and died in hospital four days later.
It’s understood the young athlete had turned to “weight-cutting” — a practice sometimes used in boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts that involves athletes loading up on water while fasting, vomiting, partaking in excessive exercise or sauna use.
In Lindsay’s case, she’d been wearing a rubber jacket during workouts and warm weather. Eventually her organs started to shut down.
“I apologize all the time. I am so sorry to my baby because I should have been there to protect her. I couldn’t protect her if I didn’t know either,” mom Sharron said in the TV interview.
“I want everyone to be educated and aware that this isn’t acceptable anymore.”