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Octogenarian Succumbs To Aspiration Pneumonia

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Sabeetree Pokhot, 81, also known as Sabit, who had been admitted under artificial respiration to a ward in the Intensive Care Unit of the North Hospital since August 23, passed away on the evening of Thursday September 14.  She had been taken to hospital in an ambulance of the Service d’Aide Médicale d’Urgence (Samu) following a fire at her home in route Saint Joseph, Terre Rouge.

Shortly before 9 a.m. on August 23, police were called to route Saint Joseph, Terre Rouge, to report a fire in a two-storey house. On arrival at the scene, police were informed that the victim lived on the ground floor, while his son, a bank manager, and his family lived upstairs.

The fire had started in the octogenarian’s bedroom. She was found unconscious before being taken to hospital by ambulance staff. Sabeetree Pokhut was first placed in a resuscitation room before being admitted to the intensive care unit under artificial respiration.  Her prognosis was life-threatening.

The victim’s son told police that the fire started in his mother’s bedroom and spread to a closet, the bed and a mattress. The victim breathed her last at 10.15pm on the evening of Thursday September 14th.   An autopsy was performed on Sabeetree Pokhut’s body at around 1.15pm on Friday September 15 at the mortuary of the Dr A.G.Jeetoo Hospital, Port-Louis. Dr. Ananda Sunnassee, Police Medical Officer, attributed the death to aspiration pneumonia.

Sabeetree Pokhot’s funeral took place at 12 noon on Saturday, September 16, moving to the place of creation in Calebasses.

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