Receiving an MBBS degree and moving closer to becoming a doctor is a pivotal moment in the lives of every medical student. But the joy of earning an MBBS degree soon turned into a tragedy for a 21-year-old medical student and his family.
The medical student died from a snake bite after a few hours of holding that much-awaited degree after his convocation ceremony in Bengaluru. He was awarded an MBBS degree during the convocation attended by dignitaries such as the SAHE chancellor, home minister G Parameshwara, and Congress parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor.
The deceased doctor was identified as Adit Balkrishnan (21), a native of Thrissur, Kerala. He was a student at the Sri Siddhartha Medical College (SSMC), which is situated on the outskirts of Tumakuru, 80km from Bengaluru.
The tragic incident happened near the rented residence around 11 p.m. when he was coming back from the convocation ceremony. Adit, his mother, Latha Balakrishnan, and their relatives were unaware of the snake bite. After reaching his residence, Adit went to the toilet and locked the door from inside. His mother notified his neighbors. When he did not get back out of the toilet even after an hour. They broke open the toilet door and discovered Adit on the floor with a head injury. He was rushed to the hospital immediately, and he was declared dead.
One of the police officers reported that the student was accompanied by his mother and other relatives at the time of the incident. However, no one realized that he had been bitten by the snake. Upon reaching home, he is said to have collapsed and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead.
The deceased body was sent for a post-mortem. Snakebite was confirmed by an autopsy report, which disclosed that Adit’s blood samples had a high level of venom. Adit’s life was unfortunately cut short by the tragedy.
Dr. Prabhakara GN, the SSMC vice principal, expressed condolences and said that Adit was a commendable student, and his tragic death is shocking.
Adit's mother and relatives, who had come from Thrissur to participate in the convocation, were grieved by Adit’s sudden demise. The devastated family is waiting for Adit's father to arrive from Italy for the final rites.
(Input from various media sources)