Death of Ryan student: Post-mortem report awaited

He drowned, suggest preliminary findings

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | Delhi | Updated: February 1, 2016 4:48:19 am

new delhi, delhi school boy death, Ryan International school, Ryan school boy death, Boy found dead, boy found dead in school, south delhi, south delhi school, school's amphitheatre, child, school boy, vasant kunj, police, hospital, delhi news,Preliminary post-mortem findings into the death of six-year-old Divyansh, a Class 1 student of Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj, point to drowning, sources said Sunday. Divyansh was found in a water tank on the school premises Saturday.

Doctors from AIIMS will visit the school Monday to examine the pit where he was found. Sources said while the autopsy has found “features of drowning”, before giving the final report, doctors have requested the police to examine the school premises. The post-mortem conducted at AIIMS pointed to asphyxiation due to aspiration of fluid into air passages as being the probable cause of death, added the sources. “There was no external injury that could lead to death. Aspiration of fluid was seen in the airway passage and lungs, indicating the child submerged in water and inhaled a lot of water before the body floated up. The death was possibly from drowning,” said a source.

Sources said it is likely the body had been floating for some time before it was found. “Some spasm was seen in the larynx or voice box, indicating that water entered the throat when he probably tried to shout for help, and this further blocked airway to the lungs,” explained a source.

On Saturday, the school had denied allegations of negligence. Frances Thomas, Regional head of Ryan Group, had said Divyansh was administered first aid and rushed to the hospital.

Sources at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre at Vasant Kunj had said Divyansh was brought there about 2 pm. “He was brought dead,” a hospital source said.

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