It was around roughly 40°C heat when Minsa Maryam Jacob dozed off in the vehicle.
A toddler suffocated to death after she was locked in a school bus in roughly 40°C heat. It washer fourth birthday. The staff at her kindergarten forgot Minsa Maryam Jacob was inside the bus after she had dozed off in Al Wakrah, Doha, reports The Metro. Staff discovered the toddler only when they returned to the vehicle to take the rest of the kids back home later that afternoon. The paramedics rushed the unconscious child to a local hospital but sadly were unable to save her. At the time a post-mortem examination had not yet taken place but it is believed that Minsa suffocated to death.The temperature that day was believed to be between around 36°C and 43°C but it could have been even higher since she was locked inside the bus.
Qatar’s education board plans to take strict action against those responsible for the girl's death. The board tweeted: The Ministry of Education and Higher Education mourns the death of a kindergarten student at a private school. The Ministry, in cooperation with the respective authorities have started an investigation into the incident. The Ministry, as well as the respective authorities will take the necessary measures as well as the maximum punishment against the aggressors with regards to regulations and according to the results of the ongoing investigation. The ministry also affirms its keenness to adhere to the highest quality of security and safety standards for its students, and will not tolerate any shortcomings in this regard. It extends its sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased student. Minsa’s parents Kochuparambil Abhilash Chacko and Soumya hail from the southern state of Kerala in India. They also have a 7-year-old daughter who was incosolable at her sister's funeral, reports Onmanorama. As of now, The Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar has closed the private nursery school responsible for the little girl's death.
According to the nonprofit Kids and Cars Safety at least 38 children die on average every year after being in a hot car and around 87 percent of them are babies under the age of three in the US. Florida is responsible for the second-most child hot car deaths between 1990 and 2021 with 107 fatalities. Since 1990, more than 1,000 children have died after being left in a hot car.
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