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Prolonged Illness Causes Death of University Entrant Under Leadership Training

(Media Communiqué)  

A university entrant undergoing "Leadership and Personality Development" Joint Training Programme at Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) Training School of the Army at Gannoruwa, passed away in the wee hours on Saturday (1) while receiving medical treatment at Peradeniya Teaching Hospital after a surgery for a prolonged illness.
Mr R.M Lahiru Sandaruwan Rathnayake of Kudawewa, Ambagaswewa, Nochchiyagama, earlier diagnosed to be suffering from diaphragm-related illness, according to medical reports, had been under treatment before he joined the Army-University Grant Commission Joint Training Programme, now underway at this training school as the 3rd phase of the year 2013/2014 with 269 more fellow-students in the training.
Following development of his recurrent condition, he was admitted to the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital on January 26 and subjected to an urgent laparatomy surgery on Tuesday (28). He succumbed to his illness during small hours on Saturday (1).
Post-mortem, conducted by Dr D.P. P Senasinghe, Consultant Judicial Medical Officer at Kandy General Hospital during the inquest into his death by Kandy Magistrate, confirmed the death was due to an "Ischaemic Brain Damage, following Cardio Vascular Compression in Congenital Diaphragam Hernia".
Meanwhile, on hearing the tragic death of the student, the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, has instructed the Army to organize funeral arrangements at Army cost and promised construction of a new house to his family members soon after the funeral. (Ends)