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S'pore Sports School Student's Passing Not Linked To Vaccination, Speculation Otherwise Is Irresponsible: MOH

Singapore Sports School Student Received Most Recent Vaccination More Than 18 Months Ago

Earlier this week, a 14-year-old Singapore Sports School (SSP) student passed away after feeling unwell after a fitness time trial.

As Singaporeans digested the tragic news, speculation apparently emerged that his passing was due to Covid-19 vaccination.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has said that this is untrue.

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They also described the speculation as “irresponsible”.

Student’s cause of death was cardiac arrest

14-year-old Pranav Madhaik, an avid shuttler, passed away on Wednesday (11 Oct).

In a press release on Saturday (14 Oct), SSP revealed that the cause of death was cardiac arrest with “antecedent cause of congenital malformation of coronary vessels”.

Speculation, however, that his passing was linked to Covid-19 vaccination is “untrue and irresponsible”, said MOH in a statement on the same day quoted by Channel NewsAsia (CNA).

The ministry also noted that about 60 strokes and heart attacks happen daily “with or without Covid-19 vaccinations”. Thus, it’s “highly irresponsible to link the two”, they added.

Sports School student received Pfizer vaccination over 1.5 years ago

In fact, Pranav received his most recent Covid-19 vaccination more than 18 months ago, MOH said.

It was a dose of the Pfizer vaccine, they added, according to their vaccination records.

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The ministry also cautioned against not being vaccinated, saying,

Student had felt unwell after fitness time trial

As for what actually happened to Pranav, he completed a 400m fitness time trial at 6.26pm on 5 Oct, SSP said.

Thereafter, he told his coach that he wasn’t feeling well. The coach reportedly told him to rest, since he had recovered after resting before.

While the 14-year-old went to rest, the coach left the track to do other things, then left the school premises.

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At 6.40pm, a track and field coach walking by stopped to check on Pranav, and noticed he had trouble getting up even with assistance. He thus called the Boarding staff for help.

Staff then called the ambulance and Pranav’s parents.

The boy was conveyed to the National University Hospital (NUH), but sadly passed away six days later.

His badminton coach has been sacked for not checking on Pranav to ensure his well-being before leaving the track.

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Featured image adapted from Facebook and Google Maps.

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