PM on 10-year-old boy who died ‘mysteriously’ inconclusive – further tests to be done


A post mortem (PM) conducted Monday on the body of a 10-year-old boy who collapsed last Wednesday and died at school is inconclusive, according to the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy.

Yogindra Persaud, called ‘Buddy’ or ‘Shawn’ collapsed last Wednesday and died while in his classroom at Graham’s Hall Primary School, Cummings Lodge, Georgetown.

Dead: Yogindra 'Shawn' Persaud
Dead: Yogindra ‘Shawn’ Persaud

The boy’s father Rakesh Persaud was quoted in the Guyana Times as saying that the doctor did not discover anything significantly wrong to cause the death of the child; however DNA samples were collected for further testing.

The distraught father said the family was told that they will have to wait at least three months to find out the actual cause of death.

The results of the first test is expected within three weeks while the results of a second and final test could take up to three months, the man said he was told by doctors.
However, the family was given the clearance to go ahead with the lad’s funeral which is slated for today.

The father revealed that on Wednesday, his son had just returned from a morning recess and collapsed shortly after consuming a snack he purchased at the school.
The child was picked up by teachers and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Residents and teachers described the lad as a loving and polite child.
The father pointed out that his only son was not suffering from any serious ailments.




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