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Mother devastated after nine year-old son dies suddenly; autopsy pending

Mother devastated after nine year-old son dies suddenly; autopsy pending

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A devastated mother, Daulia Scarlett, is a nervous wreck these days. Her every waking moment since last Monday has been shadowed by perfidious 'what ifs' since her nine year-old son, Shariv Grant, a student of Angels Primary in St. Catherine, suddenly died ten days ago. 


What if she had brought her son to the doctor when he fainted at school over two weeks ago? What if he had not been playing non-stop that day for two hours? What if she had lived overseas in a country with access to better health care? What if? What if? What if?


"He wanted to be a neurosurgeon," she told ONE876 EDITOR Claude Mills this week. "He used to say that uncle Aston (who is now at KPH) has a shunt in his head and a brain problem, Grandma had Alzheimers before she died, auntie has Alzheimers and he joked that 'mommy also has Alzheimers' and we laughed, and that's why he wanted to be a neurosurgeon."


That fateful day, Ms. Scarlett and her son had gone to her aunt's home in Fairview to borrow a pair of gloves for Career Day at the school on February 20th. 


"I was talking to my aunt and he was playing with my young cousin and a puppy for almost two hours. I was at the gate when the five year old came over and said 'Shariv drop and him not getting up'. I thought he was just playing but when an older child came and said the same thing, I ran around to the back and his two feet were bent up, like he had epilepsy. He had fallen on his face so I turned him around and he was grabbing his stomach," she related as a rain of frustrated tears descended. 


"He said, 'mommy mi a go dead'. It was so profound. Same time, a neighbour came to my assistance. I drove my car while the neighbour sat in the back with him. I drove and overtake everything, I just kept on screaming, screaming in the car, he looked like he was still having a seizure, the jugular vein in his neck was bulging, and then he said 'stop stop' and took a deep breath. That may have been his last breath but this was when I was now on Burke Road, a minute or so later I was at the hospital, the porters came out quickly and put him in a wheelchair. I drove to the parking lot, and less than two minutes later, I was inside the emergency room," she said. 


When she finally arrived in the emergency room , she told the doctors she was the young boy's mother and they took her behind a curtain to spoke to her. 


"There were two doctors and three nurses, and no one was doing anything. There was no oxygen tank, no paddles (of a defibrillator), nothing. a doctor had put something on one of his fingers and another put a hand behind his left ear to feel for a pulse, but my son was still in a bent up position in the wheelchair. The doctors did not try to resuscitate my son, it was better they had tried and he died than this,I screamed 'doctor oonu try' but they did nothing," she said, her voice cracking up again. 


"All I can remember are the doctor's words: 'Mom, your son has passed'. I recognised a nurse who had been there on the maternity ward when my son was being born, and now she was there when my son died, and she said 'Mommy they tried', but I know they didn't try. People always say if yu go Spanish Town, yu dead but I didn't believe until now. My son was still breathing when we were on Burke Road, why didn't they resuscitate him? Why didn't they at least try?" she asked. 


She said that her son was a special soul. 


"He was so active. Yesterday, (February 22) would have been his tenth birthday. He was such a brilliant, caring boy. He reasoned way beyond his years, he was so intelligent and thoughtful, he participated in football, he was in Scouts, he helped parents on Parents Day, he was a junior member of the quiz training team. He had such a bright future ahead of him, everyone knew him at school. I used to tell him say him too nuff, but I guess his life on earth was short so he did all he could do," she reasoned. 


One of her biggest regrets is that she had not taken him to a  specialist two weeks ago when he suddenly fainted at school while training to run on Sports Day. 


"Two weeks ago, he fainted. He got up one day and decided he wanted to run on Sports Day.  I told him 'it's not everything you're going to be a part of, running is not your thing', but he insisted he wanted to be a part of Sports Day," Ms. Scarlett said.  


She said he was not 'accustomed to strenuous activity'. 


"We had just moved into a new house, and had more space, so he had been doing more running, boys will be boys. I dropped him off at school at 7:30 one morning, he had had a good breakfast, porridge and fruit. Then I got the call that he fainted and the guidance counsellor had to revive him. He had never fainted before," Ms. Scarlett said. 


Ms. Scarlett said that when she finally saw her son later that day, he admitted that he had been "dehydrated" and insisted that he was O.K.


"Now, I have regrets but he said he was O.K, and I listened to him. I left work that day with the intention to go to the doctor, but the devil is strong, and I didn't. A doctor told me afterwards that once you do physical activity and the heart cannot manage, a person will faint," she said. 


Shariv's grade four teacher at Angels Primary school, Tameka Thomas-Mills, has been disconsolate with grief for the past week. 


"It's very hard to be at school. I see his face almost everywhere and it is hard to know I will never see his smile again," she said. 


Mrs. Mills added that Shariv "was every teacher's dream student".


"He was smart, ambitious, playful, loving, happy, bold yet mannerable. He was determined to be the best and he was one of the best. He was a group leader, an honour roll student, a top speller and managed to gain the third highest average in the entire grade of almost 200 students. When he was leaving school on the day he died, he hugged and kissed me and told me he loved me. I had no idea that those were the last words he would say to me. His death has been the hardest thing I've encountered in my 13 years in the classroom. He was one of my favourite students. However, I'm trying to find comfort in the fact that though his life on earth was short, it was well lived and he was well loved," Mrs. Mills said. 


Ms. Scarlett doesn't know how she will manage without Shariv, her 'constant companion'.


She wants the authorities to intervene to expedite an autopsy for her son. 


"His body is at the morgue now because it is a forensic matter, the police are involved now, and I have been told that an autopsy can take  three months, and I don't want my baby to be on ice for three months, oh my God, I want to put his body to rest," she said. 


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