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In memory of those who "died suddenly" in Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, July 26-August 1
Zimbabwe's greatest playwright; Malawi's leading human rights activist; the daughter of Zambia's Treasury Secretary (and another 13-year-old girl in that country); children in Egypt and Uganda; & more
He passes the last exam at the university and dies of a heart attack at the age of 22 after having learned the grade
July 30, 2022
He passes the last exam at the university, but the emotion for the vote received is fatal and he dies. Mubarak Hussein Sayed Abdel-Jalil, 22, an Egyptian student died of a heart attack after learning that he finished his studies. The tragic story - told by the Mirror - has as its theater the Faculty of Sciences of the South Valley University in Qena, Egypt.
Mubarak, a geology student, had just completed his fourth and senior year at South Valley University. When a tore the envelope that contained his last exam grade, he was so thrilled that he felt a sudden pain in his chest. He was rushed to hospital: the doctors found that he had had a heart attack. He died a few hours later. The young man now rests in the family cemetery in the village of Al-Jarfiya. Dr. Youssef Gharbawy, rector of South Valley University, sent his condolences to the student's family.
Boy, 5, collapses and dies after drinking cold water
July 30, 2022
A five-year-old boy has collapsed and died after drinking ice cold water while playing with friends in 40 degree temperatures. Samir Mohamed was riding his bike in the Egyptian city of Tanta, located between Cairo and Alexandria, when he stopped to take a drink of water. However, the young lad reportedly collapsed and died before he reached hospital with doctors saying a sharp drop in blood circulation caused his untimely death.
Cardiovascular consultant Dr Alaa el-Ghamrawy said drinking iced water can have a catastrophic effect on the heart rate. “The sudden drinking of very cold water, especially after exercise, could lead to stimulation of the Vagus nerve, which is main nerve that controls specific body functions including heart rate, and could lead to irregular heartbeats or cause them to stop, and therefore endanger the person’s life,” the heart expert told local media. The doctor also said that drinking iced water can cause a sore throat and stimulate bacterial and viral infections.
Tanta University Hospital reportedly received the boy’s body on July 24 and carried out an autopsy before handing it over to his family for burial.
Results of the autopsy not reported.
Death of businessman Aziz Zouhir
July 31, 2022
The CEO of the Sotupa group, partner in the company Sancella, Aziz Zouhir, died on the morning of July 31, 2022, at the age of 69. Aziz Zouhir was president of Espérance Sportive de Tunis from 2004 to 2007. He was a great sportsman and a seasoned tennis player. He was notably a member of Tunisia's first Davis Cup team. He remained heavily involved in promoting Tunisian tennis.
No cause of death reported.
Teenager dies of multiple organ failure after Covid jab
July 26, 2022
A 14-year old boy, who received a Covid jab, which allegedly triggered multiple organ failures, has died. According to close family members, Jonathan Luyinda died on Saturday and was buried yesterday at his ancestral home in Nzizi, Masaka District.
“My brother is dead, the doctors told us his heart failed, they tried to resuscitate him but unfortunately, it didn’t work,” Mr Jasper Nsubuga, Luyinda’s elder brother, confirmed to Monitor yesterday.
Luyinda, a former Senior Two student at St Martin Secondary School in Mpigi District, had been in and out of hospital since February. He had battled intense body swellings and multiple organ failure allegedly caused by the vaccine.
Last month, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, confirmed that they were aware of Luyinda’s case and investigations were underway to establish whether his condition was due to the vaccine or pre-existing illnesses. Mr Ainebyoona yesterday told this newspaper that the investigations were concluded and the report would be released soon.
“Investigations were done and the report is being worked on, I can’t comment on the matter because I am not authorised to discuss the results yet. However, as soon as the report is out, the results will be communicated by the director general of Health Services,” he said.
The deceased’s mother, Ms Tendo Nalwadda, said Luyinda was in intensive care unit at Kiruddu Referral Hospital for the last 33 days before they were informed that his heart had failed.
She said he was full of hope and dreamt of being an engineer. “We have struggled to ensure my son gets better, the family incurred all kinds of debts to get my son back to life but it has all ended in vain. Jonathan wanted to be an engineer, and I am saddened that I will never come to witness this,” she said.
Human rights activist Emmie Chanika dies
July 29, 2022
Human rights activist Emmie Chanika has died this morning at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe. Chanika who founded the Civil Liberties Committee (CILIC) has died aged 66 after a battle with stroke.
“You never talk of Malawi human rights activism without the Civil Liberties Committee (CILIC) coming to mind. Emmie Chanika was the epicentre of that firebrand civil society organisation. Sad to hear she is gone. May her soul rest in peace,” said Journalist Kondwani Kamiyala.
Two 13-year-old girls “suddenly died”:
Shock as daughter of Zambia’s Secretary to Treasury Felix Nkulukusa dies suddenly
August 1, 2022
Zambia is in mourning on Monday, August 1 after the 13-year-old daughter of the country’s Secretary to Treasury, Felix Nkulukusa, died suddenly after complaining of feeling tired. According to local media reports, Munsaka Nkulukusa, 13, was playing with her cousin Munsaka Mabolobolo and other friends at the Ibenga Girls Boarding School in Ibenge, Zambia when she said that she needed to go rest in bed. Sadly, she died suddenly before her friends came to check on her.
The 13-year-old apparently went to bed at around 8 pm on Saturday, July 30 but when the friends of Mr Nkulukusa’s daughter returned to the dormitory to check on her, she was unresponsive. She was rushed to Ibenga Mission Hospital but she was pronounced dead upon arrival, as reported by tiozambia.com.
According to Copperbelt Police Acting commanding Officer Sharon Zulu, the girls called the head teacher upon their discovery. “The headteacher came to the dormitory and upon seeing Ms Nkulukusa, she rushed her to the hospital where checkups were done by medical personnel who later certified her dead.”
The news of Munsaka Nkulukusa’s death comes after another 13-year-old girl died suddenly after complaining of feeling tired and going to bed. On Thursday, July 14, reports of the death of a 13-year-old girl from Vaiano, in the province of Prato, Tuscany, swept the country.
The teenager, who had recently been diagnosed with myocarditis, died from a sudden illness on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 while at home with a friend. She began feeling unwell so went upstairs to her room on the upper floor of the house and following several minutes without reappearing, the friend went to look for her. Upon entering the girl’s bedroom, the friend found the 13-year-old lying on the floor.
Parademics from San Paolo rushed to the scene as well as a rescue helicopter. CPR was performed on the girl but she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital in Prato.
Munsaka's mother, Beene Mabbolobbolo Nkulukusa, was "fully vaccinated”:
State-assisted funeral for Cont Mhlanga
August 2, 2022
President Mnangagwa has accorded the late playwright Cont Mhlanga a State-assisted funeral and has given his family $2.5 million. Mhlanga (64) died Monday morning at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) after being admitted for ten days. His family has said he succumbed to pneumonia. On Friday there will be a memorial service at Amakhosi Cultural Center from 8 AM and then Mhlanga’s body will travel to Lupane, lie in state and be buried on Saturday.
“We are all going to die, but a sudden death like Mhlanga’s is shocking. I hadn’t heard that he was ill and it came to me as a shock that he has died. I’m hurt and sad that Mhlanga has died,” said Minister Ncube.
Silveira High Learner Passes on in Sudden Death Case
July 30, 2022
A form 4 learner at Roman Catholic Church-run Silveira High School suddenly died in his sleep over the weekend. It is alleged that before retiring to sleep, the male learner played sports with his friends. The headmaster at Silveira High School Mutsambiwa confirmed the incident and referred this publication to Bikita District Schools Inspector (DSI) James Mahofa.
He reportedly did not have any complains prior to the incident. However some of his friends alleged that he had been complaining of heart problems over the past few days and was on medication for a chronic ailment. According to the post mortem, the boy is reported to have died of cardiac arrest.
No age reported.
Tributes pour in after sudden death of ‘pillar in Karoo community’
August 1, 2022
Over the past few days, tributes have poured in for Dave Stern, a well-known farmer and community leader in the Nieu-Bethesda district, who died of a brain aneurysm on Friday night. He complained of a headache before leaving his farm to drop workers off in town, and three days later a pillar of the Karoo community died suddenly in a Cape Town hospital surrounded by his family.