Another form one student dies in school weeks after admission

Barely a month after Joy Kahanya, 14, secured a slot at Tumutumu Girls High School in Nyeri County, her family is now mourning her death.

The Form One student passed away on Monday morning in mysterious circumstances after complaining of severe chest pains and a headache the previous night.

Her family is now questioning why they were never informed about their daughter’s illness.

Speaking to Nation Mr John Kahanya said he was first informed about his daughter’s ill health on Monday morning at around 6:30 am.

This was despite his daughter reportedly falling ill the previous day (Sunday) at around noon.

“She had reported to the clinical nurse who prescribed some medicine after she complained of a headache, chest pains and vomiting,” said the distraught father.

At the time of retiring to bed after night preps, he says that his daughter was so weak that she even slept in her school uniform.

Mr Kahanya said he would later come to learn that his daughter had been complaining of the illness since Wednesday last week, but had not informed any of her teachers.

“She had only told her school guardian, a fellow student, who advised her to seek medical help from the school nurse. The friend, however, did not follow up to check whether Joy sought any medical attention until the situation worsened on Sunday,” he explained.

Before going to bed, Mr Kahanya said his daughter had requested one of her friends to wake her up the following morning at 4:30 am, for the morning preps.

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However, as fate would have it when she was woken up the next day, she did not respond. Her friend then prepared herself for the morning studies before later realizing, an hour later that Joy was still lying in bed.

The student informed the school matron who together with the teacher on duty, notified the school authorities.

“It was at that time that I got an informal phone call from one of the teachers informing me that my daughter was unconscious and was set to be rushed to the P.C.E.A Tumutumu Mission hospital which is adjacent to the school,” he says.

At the hospital, Mr Kahanya said that he was told that his only daughter was rushed to the casualty ward, in a school vehicle, where she was pronounced dead.

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Relatives – including the deceased’s mother – who responded to the scene, say that they found their daughter dead. They are now questioning whether their kin died at the school or in hospital, alleging a cover-up.

According to Mathira West Sub-County Police Commander Pixley Musyoki, investigations are currently ongoing to establish the deceased’s time and cause of death.

“The investigations will also show what illness the school nurse treated her with and whether there was any misdiagnosis,” he says.

An Occurrence Book (OB) report at the Tumutumu Police Station, shows that the school administration reported the matter on Monday at 7:15 am.

The deceased is currently lying at the P.C.E.A TumuTumu Funeral Home awaiting post-mortem.

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