Death after sex: a mystery, says autopsy | Trinidad Express Newspaper | News
By Carolyn Kissoon South Bureau
Story Created: Mar 14, 2011 at 11:44 PM ECT
Story Updated: Mar 14, 2011 at 11:44 PM ECT
The autopsy on a teenager who died after having sex with a boyfriend has not been able to confirm a cause of death.
The examination on the body of Karen Pustam, by pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov at the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday, was recorded as "undetermined" pending further investigation.
Pustam, 15, was pronounced dead at the Penal Health Centre last Friday, police said. The Form Four pupil of the Penal Secondary School had earlier in the day gone to a road off Digity Trace, Penal, where she had sex, police said. She subsequently complained of feeling unwell, started shaking and lost consciousness.
Pustam lived with her mother, Sheila Sookoo, and younger brother at Digity Trace, Penal. Yesterday, Sookoo said her daughter's death was not natural.
"My child never had a medical history. I want to know what happened to her and how she reached at the health centre," she said.
Sookoo said she kissed her children and left for work around 7.45 a.m. that day.
"My son went to school, but that was Carnival week and Karen did not go to school. She was in perfect health when I left home," she said.
Sookoo said she called her daughter's cellphone around 10 a.m. but there was no answer. Around midday she received an anonymous call that her daughter was at the health facility.
"When I didn't get her on the phone I knew something was wrong. I called everyone looking for her. I didn't know I would go and find my daughter dead," she said.
Pustam will be cremated following a service at her home tomorrow.