Former head boy of Sharjah school dies in India  05/15/2019 19:34:59  4  Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai

Former head boy of Sharjah school dies in India

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai

Filed on May 15, 2019 | Last updated on May 15, 2019 at 09.37 pm

An Indian student of the Delhi Private School (DPS) in Sharjah died in Mumbai on Wednesday, following a suspected case of food poisoning. The former head boy of DPS, Adith Venkat graduated from Grade 12 in March this year.

The school has published a condolence message on its website. Family sources said the boy contracted a bout of severe food poisoning after consuming pani puri, an Indian savoury snack, and sugarcane juice back home in India. The Sharjah-based youngster had scored 93 per cent in his grade 12 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams, with 100 marks in Accountancy.

"He (Adith) had a scholarship to study at a university in the United States. He went to India to meet his grandparents before leaving to the US," said a close friend. After consuming the snacks, he felt dizzy and began vomiting. "Soon after, he was hospitalised. His condition went from bad to worse very fast," said the source.�

Adith's condition deteriorated, leading to multiple organ failure. After he slipped into a coma, he was put on life support. Sources also said he was admitted to the Leelavathi Hospital in Mumbai, where he battled for his life for nearly 15 days. A request for blood donation for Adith was made on various blood donation groups in India.

The news of his demise was announced at the school and a moment of silence was observed in his honour. Adith was the school's head boy for the academic year 2018-19. An academically-inclined student, Adith actively participated in debates, elocution competitions and was also a delegate at the Model United Nations held in Geneva, Switzerland, at the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation in 2018. Adith is survived by a younger sister and parents.

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