Mumbai: 11-year-old dies after collapsing in school

Sujal Bait, a student of Std VI at Air India Modern High School in Kalina, suddenly collapsed in the classroom on September 8; school authorities rushed him to a hospital where he was declared dead on arrival

The staff and students of Air India Modern High School in Kalina are still finding it difficult to come to terms with the loss of one of their kids. Like any other day, 11-year-old Sujal Bait, studying in Std VI, was attending lectures in the class on Tuesday, when he suddenly collapsed.

The staff and students of Air India Modern High School in Kalina are still finding it difficult to come to terms with the sudden death of Sujal Bait
The staff and students of Air India Modern High School in Kalina are still finding it difficult to come to terms with the sudden death of Sujal Bait

His classmates believed that Sujal, who was recently unwell, fainted due to weakness. However later in the day, the kids were shocked when their teacher informed them about Sujal’s sudden demise. The cause of death is still not known.

The incident
At 8.45 am on Tuesday, the class of Std VI students was disrupted when Sujal suddenly fainted and hit the ground. The 11-year-old had been unwell for the past few weeks and was feeling weak, a senior staff member of the school management said.

“When Sujal fainted we assumed that it is due to his ill health and immediately rushed him to Niron Hospital. However, the minute doctors checked him, they announced that the child was brought in dead. We still can’t believe this,” the staff member added.

Cause of death
While the post-mortem of the child was conducted at Cooper Hospital, a case of accidental death has been registered at Vakola police station. An official from Cooper Hospital said, “We have sent the internal organs for histopathology at J J Hospital as the cause of death couldn’t be ascertained. We will get to know about the cause once the results are released.”

Hospital speak
“We checked the ECG and pulse of the child after he was wheeled into the hospital. There was no pulse and ECG showed a flat line. We immediately informed the Vakola police station about the incident, who then took the body for post-mortem to Cooper Hospital,” said Jayram Shetty, administrator at Niron Hospital.

Senior PI Vakola police station Mahadeo Wavale told mid-day that the investigations in the matter are still on and that the parents are being questioned about the child’s medical history.

Bright student
Teachers and friends at Air India Modern High School remember Sujal as a bright student, who never let his modest background hinder his determination to do well. He had also won scholarships in the past. “He was a bright student and always scored well in school.

I remember the school was so impressed by his work that they bought him a brand new cycle a couple of years ago so that he doesn’t have to walk to school from home. It’s a very sad loss,” said Mahesh B, parent of another class VI student.

- (With inputs from Sadaguru Pandit)

Previous cases
>> This is the second such incident reported in the city in less than a month. On August 12, mid-day had reported about 7-year-old Sarthak Todankar, student of Dr Antonio Da Silva High School in Dadar, who collapsed on the school playground and died of cardiac arrest. Sarthak was suffering from an abnormal heart rhythm. Doctors stated that Todankar must’ve fainted because of this, which ultimately led to a cardiac arrest. (Read the full story)

>> Similarly in January 2015, Kenneth Rosario, 7-year-old student of Don Bosco School in Matunga, hit the ground in front of his classmates during a basketball practice session. The boy was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival. An initial autopsy revealed that the reason could be a form of gastrointestinal ailment with haemorrhage, leading to severe food poisoning.(Read the full story)

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