10-year-old mysteriously collapses, dies at school

An Industry, East Coast Demerara (ECD) family is mourning the death of a 10-year-old boy who mysteriously

Dead: Yogindra “Shawn” Persaud
Dead: Yogindra “Shawn” Persaud

collapsed in school on Wednesday and died.

The dead young man has been identified as Yogindra Persaud, called “Shawn”, a Grade Four student of Grahams Hall Primary School, in Cummings Lodge, ECD.

According to information reaching Guyana Times, the lad was in his classroom eating a snack when he collapsed. Teachers rushed to his side and upon examination, found no pulse. He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

When Guyana Times visited the child’s Lot 19 First Street, Industry, home on Thursday, his mother, Sharon Reid, related that her son left home for school in good health on Wednesday morning.

The woman noted that she was at work when her daughter called and informed her that something was wrong with her son.

“Like about 10:30-11:00h, my daughter called me and said something is wrong with Shawn because he is not breathing at school. So I left work to go to the school but they called and tell me that they took him to the hospital and when I reach there, the doctor called and told me that your son has died,” the distraught woman recalled.

Reid noted that the doctor could not say what happened to the child since he was already dead when he arrived at the medical facility. She added that they have been getting various reports from school officials, parents and even students about what transpired.

According to what she was told, Reid said her son urinated himself in class before he collapse. He was picked up and placed on a bench but fell off. It was at this time that one of the teachers checked and found that he had no pulse.

“That is all the teacher told me; that is all I hear. Is different, different things you hearing from people,” she stated.

The aggrieved mother noted that while her son did not suffer from any ailments, she is not holding anyone accountable for his death and is awaiting the results of the post-mortem examination which will be conducted today, to find out why her youngest of three children and only son died.

At the time this newspaper was at the home of the dead child, officials from the Education Ministry were visiting to offer their condolences to the grieving family.

Young Persaud leaves to mourn his parents, two older sisters and other relatives and friends.