Teen hospitalised after inhaling poisonous substance
…Police seeking DPP’s adviceThe Police are now seeking advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on whether charges are to be laid against a woman who reportedly sprayed a poisonous substance in her yard, which resulted in a teenager being hospitalised.The teenager, 19-year-old Bhanu Roop, of Diamond New Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), had to be rushed to a private medical facility after she suddenly fell unconscious on February 1.After being inspected by doctors, it was reported to her parents that her condition was as a result of inhaling a poisonous substance.That doctor’s report, seen by Guyana Times stated that the teen was “admitted in my (the doctor) care for OPC poisoning (inhalation injury)… alleged history of OPC poisoning.”The substances were reportedly present in her lungs and liver and caused her to fall unconscious.Speaking with this publication, the teen’s father, 41-year-old Mahesh Roop, said not only was his daughter affected but he also was rushed to the hospital after experiencing headaches and diarrhoea as a result of inhaling the poisonous substances being used by their neighbour, who is a former nurse.The woman reportedly uses the poisonous substances to spray her plants and in her yard on a monthly basis. Each time this is done, the smell of the substance would result in a series of complaints being made directly to the woman and the Police by residents in the area. The woman was reportedly warned by the Police but still persisted by continually using the poisonous substances.However, things took a turn for the worse when Bhupa Roop inhaled the substance and started to experience nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, weakness and belly pains. After hours of this, the teen fell unconscious and her frightened parents quickly rushed her to the hospital. The matter was reported to the Police, who have since visited the woman and confiscated the poison as well as her spraying equipment. A report of the incident has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, where a determination will be made whether or not to institute charges against the neighbour.