Teen boxer had lost his sister a month ago

National level boxer Vishal Sawant, 17, who died on Sunday at KEM hospital, Parel, after collapsing in the middle of a boxing match, had lost his younger sister, a wrestling champion, a month ago.

Jogeshwari based Sawant family have left the city to perform the their son’s last rites. “It’s a big loss. A month ago the family lost their daughter Kajal,” said Jitendra Tawde, secretary, Maharashtra Boxing Association.

Tawde said the siblings were physically healthy and promising sportsperson.

Sawant’s autopsy report stated that his death was unnatural and a result of severe brain injury. It said he died of cerebral haemorrhage due to blunt trauma injury.

“He had a large blood clot in the brain, which resulted in his death,” said a forensic expert from KEM Hospital, Parel.

On Thursday, Sawant collapsed during the final round of a boxing tournament, which was organised by Parle Mahotsav. He was taken to KEM hospital for treatment.

After battling for life for two days, Sawant passed away on Sunday morning. “He died of head injury,” said Dr Sandhya Kamath, dean of KEM hospital.

Doctors, who performed an emergency neurosurgery on Sawant, said he had excessive bleeding in the brain and was in a state of coma from the time he was brought in.

According to Parag Alvani, chief organiser of Parle Mahotsav, Sawant was leading in the bout.“ He had not complained of any sickness,” he said.

“He went unconscious during the bout. Boxing association had taken all the necessary precautions. There is no suspicion, but we are investigating the death,” said Nivas Vidhate, officer, Vile Parle police station.

 

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