The sudden death of a 23-year-old student on Sifnos: he became ill on the beach

The young man was relaxing with friends on the beach of the island of Sifnos and suddenly lost consciousness. He died 10 minutes after being admitted to the hospital.

Thanasis Zervas spent the third day on the island with his friends. At some point on the beach, he suddenly felt ill and fainted. The doctor who was there gave him first aid and called an ambulance. He was taken to the Sifnos Medical Center, but he died 10 minutes later.

Thanasis is a student at the National Technical University of Athens, the son of pathologist Despina Kunturis and architect Thanasis Zervas. According to information, the young man went on vacation with school friends from Lamia. There were about ten of them, they stopped at a campsite on Sifnos.

On Tuesday morning, Thanasis felt unwell. At noon, he did a self-diagnosis and saw a positive result for coronavirus. One of the group had symptoms, but the test result was negative. In the afternoon the group went to the beach, while Thanasis stayed in the tent. Later, he went to look for friends, but he suddenly vomited, and soon after that he lost consciousness.

According to the initial report, the problem was cardiac. However, family doctor Panagiotis Yakovidis says:

“The young man had no known major health problems. This is a shocking loss, in such cases the cause is always or almost always cardiac. If he was also positive for coronavirus, obviously this possibility should be considered. This must be done following the prescribed procedures, because there are problems related to the coronavirus. This is a very complex and responsible investigation.”

So far, it cannot be argued that what happened was a complication of covid. A forensic examination is expected to shed light on the mystery of the student’s sudden death. His body arrived late on Wednesday at the port of Piraeus, and an autopsy will be performed on Thursday morning. The funeral will take place today at 6 pm (Thursday 28/7) at the Holy Metropolitan Church in Eleftherias Square in Lamia.

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