Thursday 9 July, 2020

Update: Sangre Grande schoolboy died of seizure

Update November 13, 2019, 2.13 pm:

An autopsy has confirmed that nine-year-old Nathaniel Joseph Findley died from complications associated with a severe seizure.

Findley, who lived with his mother and two other siblings at Damarie Hill, Sangre Grande, died on Monday afternoon at the Sangre Grande District Hospital.

From police reports, he fainted and begun convulsing around 2.45 pm that day.

Teachers said they followed the protocols they knew, and notified paramedics, as well as the child’s parents.

Findley was rushed for medical treatment, however, he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Relatives, speaking with the media on Tuesday, were critical of teachers at the school, saying the nine-year-old was left alone for about 30 minutes before he was taken to hospital.

They lamented that this 30 minute period may have saved his life if he had been taken immediately for medical aid.

More on this as it becomes available.  

Original story: 

An infant has died at the Guaico Government Primary School.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.  

According to the MoE, the male child collapsed at approximately 2.45 pm on Monday.

Emergency procedures were initiated and an ambulance was called.

However, the child was taken to the Sangre Grande General Hospital by a teacher in the company of the child’s mother and older sister, who is also a student at the school.

The Principal later learnt that the child died at the hospital.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia extended his condolences and stated, “I am deeply saddened by the news of this student’s passing. The death of a loved one is never easy. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, teachers and classmates”.

Guidance Officers from the Students Support Services Division (SSSD) have been deployed to the school and grief counselling sessions were conducted with students.

The School Social Workers will conduct group and individual sessions with students. Counselling for members of staff was provided under the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

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