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What is the present challenge
the youth must overcome?
Bhagawan lovingly answers this
question through the precept of
the great saint, Adi Shankara.
Adi Shankara remarked to his disciples that young
people were more keen on sensuous pleasures than
enquire about the Soul (Atma). It is piteous that peo-
ple are more attached to the body, which is a con-
tainer of many filthy objects. They are carried away
by the external physical attractions of the body, with-
out understanding its impermanence. How long can
youth last? His message is a strong warning to the
young to be very careful in the life they lead and
encourages them to shed body-consciousness. You
must practice recognising the Divine Principle pres-
ent in all beings, even though they may be called by
different names and appear different. Youth must
hold fast to God as their only true Friend and
Supporter. Once you have firm faith, the Divine will
Himself manifest and reveal Himself to you.
God alone is your true and totally selfless friend and
benefactor. - Baba
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Members of the Defence Force and Police Service
pay tribute to fallen soldiers at the Cenotaph,
Memorial Park, during Memorial Day observances in
Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Medical director at the San Fernando
General Hospital Dr Anand Chatoorgoon
said doctors did all they could to save
Navin Singh, but the flesh-eating bacteria
that attacked him affected all of his vital
organs with a vengeance, and removing
the dead tissue from his leg and high-
powered antibiotics proved insufficient.
Chatoorgoon said even if the doctors at
the Princes Town District Health facility
had diagnosed Singh as suffering from
necrotising fasciitis when he first sought
medical attention there, five days before
his death, chances are that he would not
He said investigations into the death are
continuing, but from a first glance, he did
not think the doctors who failed to pick
up the cause of Singh s illness were neg-
"This condition, rare as it is, is lethal. It
kills, it gallops, it destroys the tissues. It
poisons the tissues in the leg, which in
turn ends up releasing toxins which attack
all of the organs of the body.
"So by the time you really make the diag-
nosis, by the time it more or less comes
to the surface of the limb, the patient is
very sick by then and in most instances,
it is very difficult to reverse the condition,"
"We treat bacterial infections with antibi-
otics, but then you have to know which
bacteria you are dealing with, because not
all bacteria are sensitive to all antibiotics.
That is a challenge, to find out which organ-
isms you are dealing with and which high-
powered antibiotics you can give."
When Singh was referred to the hospital,
he said, he was far gone, but doctors did
everything possible to ensure his survival,
taking him into the operating theatre to
remove the dead tissue from his leg, which
was poisoning his bloodstream and affecting
his brain, heart, liver and kidneys.
But he said what the doctors encountered
was a rotten leg and try as they might, they
could not have reversed the condition.
Chatoorgoon expressed sympathy for
Rare flesh-eating bacteria attacks 30-year-old man
No chance of survival
Singh s family, saying how helpless
the doctors felt when they could not
But, he concluded, "There was
nothing more we could have done."
He said hard as it is for the family
to accept, he wanted to tell them
that maybe this was Singh s destiny.
"It is hard and sad for the family
to hear, but he came for 30 years on
this earth. When God wills, man
could do nothing to stop it."
Responding to the concerns raised
by Singh's parents Bhagwantee and
Andy Weekes about the death of
their firstborn son, who was initially
diagnosed with a pinched nerve,
Chatoorgoon said necrotising
fasciitis was very difficult to
There is no obvious cause for the
condition, which involves multiple
organisms getting very deep into the
muscles, leaving no visible signs for a
medical practitioner to detect.
"It presents with pain, and if a
young, healthy man comes with pain
in his leg and there is nothing
obvious to see, you would think of
the possibility of a pinched nerve in
No doctor would think of this
condition because it is so rare, and
especially at this time, when we
have ChikV virus, which had a lot of
joint pains---so bad that sometimes
patients cannot walk."
He said that is why Singh would
have been given an injection for the
pain and sent back home.
Singh, 30, might have been
experiencing a variety of mild
symptoms before the severe pain in
his leg caused him to see a doctor, he
said, and by the time the disease
manifested itself for doctors to
actually see signs, it would have
been too late for him.
HARD TO DIAGNOSE
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan
said he has already spoken to the
chairman of the South West
Regional Health Authority, Dr
Lackram Bodoe, under whose
jurisdiction both the Princes Town
and San Fernando hospital fall. Khan
said Bodoe had told him an
investigation would be done.
Khan said he was aware of the
rare disease and that it acted
ABOUT THE CASE
Singh, of Gajadhar Lands, Princes
Town, died on October 30, two days
after his 30th birthday. He died from
septic shock and necrotising fasciitis
of the right leg.
Necrotising fasciitis is a serious
bacterial infection that spreads
rapidly and destroys the body's soft
Known as a flesh-eating infection,
this rare disease can be caused by
different types of bacteria.
Navin Singh died at the age of 30.
HONOURING THE FALLEN
Medical director at the
San Fernando General Hospital
Dr Anand Chatoorgoon
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