A 14-year-old girl student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, died on Tuesday after falling unconscious suddenly during school hours. Moniti Kapoor, a student of Class 8, was rushed to Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where she was declared brought dead.
ED Khan, a teacher who saw Moniti fall down unconscious, said "She had just returned to her classroom along with her classmate after recess when she fell unconscious, following which we rushed her to hospital within minutes."
"She ate her lunch during recess and was returning to her classroom around 11:40am when she fell down suddenly. Within minutes, we rushed her to hospital and informed her family and the DEO," said school principal Anujeet Kaur.
Her maternal grandfather JK Batta said, "When I arrived at the hospital, school authorities told me that doctors are trying to save her. However, when I entered the room, doctor told me that she was brought dead." He said that the girl's hands and forehead had turned blue.
No police case has been registered since the family did not file any formal complaint.
Doctors at the Sector-16 hospital ruled out foul play in the case. "No external injury marks were found on her body during the post-mortem. We have sent samples for histopathology analysis," said Dr Deepak Bakshi, officiating deputy medical superintendent of Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.
The doctors said that the girl might be suffering from some congenital heart disease. "Her father and brother died under similar circumstances. We are suspecting hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (a disease of the heart in which part of muscles thickens)," said a doctor on condition of anonymity.
Mother's world comes crashing down, once again
The world came crashing down for Moniti's widowed mother Sonia, who lives in Nayagaon with her brother and parents.
Struggling to reign in her emotions, all she kept saying was that her world had crashed.
Sonia, who ran a boutique from her house, had lost her paralytic husband on February 7, 2012. Her younger son Aniket too had died under somewhat similar circumstance as her daughter on November 30, 2011.
She said that Aniket was at his school around 5pm on the fateful evening when the family received a call from his Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya authorities that he had fallen unconscious. He was also rushed to Sector 16 hospital, but could not be saved, said the grieving mother.
She alleged that she was yet to receive the post-mortem report of her son.
Talking of Moniti, her mother recalled her as a very obedient child. "I never had to tell her to study as she would devote proper time to studies on her own," she said, adding that she was very creative and fond of art and craft. She claimed that Moniti was fine in the morning when she packed her lunch box.
JK Batta, the maternal grandfather of the deceased, said that Sonia and her children had moved in to their house from Jalandhar three years ago.
The family maintained that they would not file any formal complaint against school authorities, but claimed that it was the school's responsibility to take care of their daughter during school hours.