Medical investigation launched into mysterious deaths of Beddegama – Welivitiya preschoolers

Medical investigation launched into mysterious deaths of Beddegama – Welivitiya preschoolers

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Jul, 2014 | 7:43 pm

A medical investigation has been launched into the deaths of two preschool children from the Baddegama and Welivitiya areas.

Twelve pre-schools in areas under the purview of the Baddegama and Welivitiya Pradeshiya Sabhas have been shut down as a safety measure following the deaths of the two children.

Four-year-old N.G. Chanul Chathusha was admitted to the Baddegama Divisional Hospital on June 30.

The child who displayed symptoms including fever, cold and nausea, was later transferred to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital. The boy passed away the next day, while receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital.

Chathusha’s death certificate cites a disease of the aortic muscles as the cause of death. Five-year-old Ashini Maduwanthi from Athkandura in Alpitiya, passed away on July 8.

Her family says that she was treated by two doctors, before being admitted to the hospital, displaying symptoms including fever and cold.She was admitted to the Baddegama Divisional Hospital on July 6. This child too passed away while receiving treatment at the ICU of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital.

The local coroner has issued an open verdict on the death.

Niyagama, Medical Officer of Health, , A.H.B.P. Gunawardena speaking on the issue said:

[quote]Both children did not have the same symptoms. The first child, the boy, had been playing in his Montessori when he suddenly fainted. The second child came in the next day saying she had a stomach ache. She was conscious. The first child was not. Even when he was brought to hospital he was in great difficulty.[/quote]

The remains of both children have been referred to the Medical Research Institute in Colombo for further examination.

 

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