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Cause of school girl’s death revealed

Evha Jannath

A post morton has revealed the cause of death of 11-year-old Evha Jannath who sadly lost her life last week.

Post-mortem results published today have revealed her cause of death as being a chest injury, as officials continue to investigate how the fatal injuries were sustained.

The 11-year-old had been on the Splash Canyon ride with friends when it’s believed she fell into the water after standing up to swap seats.

Year 6 student Evha was on a school trip with fellow students from Jameah Girls Academy on Tuesday 9 May when the incident occurred.

The South Staffordshire Coroner’s office said the cause death was “blunt force chest trauma” adding that a inquest into her death would open next Tuesday.

Yesterday about 600 mourners gathered at Leicester’s Saffron Hill Cemetery for her funeral.

Speaking after the service, Erfana Bora, head teacher of Jameah Girls Academy, told the BBC a fitting tribute would be made to Evha.

Her name will remain on the register at the request of the family.

“I’m happy to do so as Evha will always be in our hearts and a part of our school”, she said.

It is understood that Evha’s family have requested CCTV footage from the theme park to see her final moments.

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Speaking last week, not the day of the incident, one of Drayton Manor’s director’s, George Bryan, said staff were immediately on the scene after the girl fell in. Clearly in shock and fighting back tears, Mr Bryan said:

“Further to the police statement which has been issued to yourself and your colleagues a few moments ago, it is with great sadness that we have to report that a young girl has passed away at Birmingham Children’s Hospital following an incident at one of our rides this afternoon.

“Our staff were alerted that an 11-year-old girl had entered the water.

“Trained park staff were immediately on the scene attending to the patient and West Midlands Air Ambulance arrived and airlifted her to hospital.

“We are truly shocked and devastated, and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tremendously difficult time.”

Our thoughts remain with all those involved.



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