Kakamega School tragedy survivor dies after leaving ICU


Kakamega School tragedy survivor dies after leaving ICU
Kakamega Primary School after a stampede occurred on February 3, 2020. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Witnesses say she collapsed shortly after she was discharged from the Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital ICU.
  • Her demise brings the death toll from the deadly stampede to 15 pupils.

A Kakamega Primary School stampede survivor Salma Bilal has died.

Witnesses say Salma Bilal collapsed shortly after she was discharged from the Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital ICU.

Kakamega general hospital pathologist Dr. Dickson mchana has since confirmed that she died from a complication arising from lung injuries.

The Class 5 pupil was among 40 other pupils who sustained injuries after a stampede at their school left 14 students dead

Her demise brings the death toll from the deadly stampede to 15 pupils.

The school which came under scrutiny after the tragedy opened its doors again on Monday after a week’s closure.

Parents who accompanied their kids to school however expressed concern that the incident had left their kids scarred and traumatized.

The pupils were welcomed back to the school Bishop Benson Shishia of Church of God who then led them in a 3-hour prayer session before the left for their classrooms.

Although investigations into the tragedy are ongoing, witnesses said that a teacher on duty during the incident was caning some students shortly before the home-time bell rang.

A majority of them in Class 5 were then trampled on as they squeezed their way through the staircase- with an autopsy report saying they succumbed to suffocation.

County pathologist Dickson Muchana said the deceased had problems of the lungs caused by the pile-up of pupils during the stampede.

 

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