A post mortem examination conducted on the body of 13-year-old Kwame Anatole of Choiseul, who died mysteriously on Sunday, October 19, revealed that he suffered from a cerebral aneurysm, which led to his unexpected death.
A relative told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that the doctor who performed the post mortem explained to them that “he basically bled into his brain.”
A cerebral aneurysm is a weak or thin spot on a blood vessel in the brain that balloons out and fills with blood. The bulging aneurysm can put pressure on a nerve or surrounding brain tissue.
It may also leak or rupture, spilling blood into the surrounding tissue (called a hemorrhage).
Cerebral aneurysms can occur anywhere in the brain, but most are located along a loop of arteries that run between the underside of the brain and the base of the skull.
“The doctor said it was congenital, but it was difficult to know that he had aneurysm, because he never showed any signs nor symptoms and he was never tested for that condition,” the relative told SNO.
Kwame started showing signs of illness on Sunday, while putting on his clothing. He had told his mother, Loucilla Anatole, that his head was hurting him.
He was reluctant to go to the hospital, but his mother insisted that he go. Kwame’s last words to his mother was, “Mommy I am not going to the hospital, just give me a Panadol and I will be alright.”
It wasn’t long after that Kwame fell to the ground and was rushed to the St. Jude Hospital for medical care. Kwame never regained consciousness. He passed away sometime after 5 p.m. that same evening.
Loucilla also said in a previous interview that Kwame never showed any signs of illness before. “He was a healthy boy. I never had any problem with him, he was never hospitalised,” she had told SNO.
Loucilla described her son as a very energetic, loving, hardworking and quiet young man.
The relatives are still to determine a date for burial.