Mumbai: In a shocking incident, a male nursing student attached to Thane-based KJ Somaiya College of Nursing collapsed and died while playing a game of tug of war at his campus recently.
The nursing college Principal, Avani Oke, confirmed that the deceased is a second-year nursing student. The unfortunate incident happened on 14th December, during a game of tug of war at an annual sports day at the nursing college campus, which he was participating in.
He collapsed at around 11 am in the middle of the game. In the images below, the student (wearing a green t-shirt), could be seen as the first in line on one side of the rope. He was pulling the rope towards his end and after a few minutes, he suddenly fell to the ground.
He was rushed to the nearby Rajawadi Hospital immediately, where the doctors pronounced him brought dead following a CPR. Afterwards, a case of accidental death was registered at Tilak Nagar police station.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased nursing student had no history of illnesses and was completely healthy. He was an athlete, according to his acquaintances. Before taking part in the sporting event, the student was completely fine that morning. Investigating officers said that no external injuries were detected and that they are still awaiting a cause of death.
Sushil Kamble, a Senior Police Inspector said, “We have reserved his viscera for a chemical analysis.”
Meanwhile, the doctors have conducted the autopsy which revealed the nursing student had an enlarged heart and an injury near the brain’s occipital lobe (at the back of the head).
A forensic expert at the Rajawadi Hospital’s post-mortem centre informed The Hindu that there was a contusion on the occipital region, in the posterior part of the head. However, there was no skull fracture. “It is possible that he had a concussion — a brain injury due to a blow or violent shaking of the head. But a concussion is not visible to the naked eye. Therefore, we have sent the samples for histopathology and chemical analysis,” a doctor stated.
The deceased also had a large heart, which experts say signifies an underlying congenital heart condition, mostly cardiomyopathy, which may have remained undiagnosed. “The deceased student was well-built, which may be why he had an enlarged heart. The brain injury may have been caused by the fall,” said an official from Rajawadi Hospital.
The police officials have ruled out foul play as of now, reports HT.
The trust, which funds the nursing college, released an official statement condoling the student’s death. Meanwhile, his family has decided to perform the last rites in their native village in Kerala.