Boy (10) mystery death

Prashantan Kristnasamy.

Hundreds of mourners, young and old, gathered at the home of 10-year-old Prashantan Kristnasamy (pictured) in Mount Edgecombe in Phoenix on Saturday to bid their final farewell to the young boy whose untimely death has sent shock waves through the community.

A special tribute was paid to Prashantan by the principal, teachers and pupils of Hopeville Primary, the school which he attended. 

While Hopeville principal, Benny Maistry remained a rock of hope and comfort to the teachers and pupils, an emotional Mrs S Pillay, Prashantan’s form teacher broke down as she said her farewell.  The young children who gathered around the coffin, also broke down as she spoke about the young boy who touched the lives of so many.

Gone but never forgotten: Hopeville primary teachers and pupils remember their friend and fellow pupil, Prashantan Kristnasamy. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.

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It’s believed that Prashantan passed away on the operating table at the Netcare Umhlanga Hospital on Thursday.  According to Maistry, the youngster was to undergo a medical procedure after he fell and hurt his right wrist. 

Demanding answers for the unexplained death of their son, Collin and Sashee Kristnasamy, have opened a case of inquest which is being investigated by Durban North SAPS. Prashantan’s inconsolable parents and family said they want justice for their only child.

“That is my baby.  How am I supposed to live without him? He is supposed to be doing these prayers for me. I was not supposed to be doing it for him. Justice has to be served. We want to know how a beautiful healthy boy went in for a simple procedure and now he is no more. He is my only child,” said Prashantan’s dad, Collin, who is a priest at the Marriamen Temple in Mt Edgecombe.

Marc Van Heerden, general manager of Netcare uMhlanga Hospital, said that the doctors, management and staff at the hospital are devastated by Preshanthan’s unexpected passing.

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“We have met with the Kristnasamy family and again wish to convey our deepest condolences to them. Our thoughts are with the family at this incredibly difficult time. We  would like to assure the family that the doctors and nurses did everything humanly possible to save Preshanthan’s life. We cannot speculate on possible causes and naturally will be cooperating fully with the inquest proceeding.  Counselling services have been provided to the Kristnasamy family as well as to staff members.  Once again, our hearts go out to the Kristnasamy family for their great loss,” said Van Heerden.

Days later, the mood at Hopeville Primary School continues to remain sombre. A heartfelt memorial service was held at his school on Friday.  Candles, flowers, cards with messages from his fellow pupils and a picture of him were displayed at the entrance of the school premises in honour of the bright spark.

At the emotional service, his friends, teachers and peers described him as a pleasant and big-hearted pupil who will be dearly missed.  Maistry said they are upset and still reeling from shock about Prashantan’s death.

“The mood has been sombre at the school since his death. He was a bright and lively child. He was very attached to me and the deputy principal. He was a child who was always willing to assist other children,” said Maistry.

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