Plane death youngster inquest

AN Ipswich pupil whose death shocked a tight knit school community died from natural causes, a coroner ruled today.Jamil Rahman, nine, died on a Biman Airways flight headed for Dubai in April.

AN Ipswich pupil whose death shocked a tight knit school community died from natural causes, a coroner ruled today.

Jamil Rahman, nine, died on a Biman Airways flight headed for Dubai in April.

His death shocked Ipswich's Sidegate Primary School community where he had been a popular student.

Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean today held an inquest into the youngster's death at Suffolk County Council's Endeavour House headquarters and ruled his death had been due to complications from a condition which Jamil had since birth.

The inquest heard that Jamil was born premature at 35 weeks in Ipswich on June 3 1997.

He had a shunt inserted into his head after doctors found he had disproportionate head growth.

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On April 3 he travelled with his mother Ruhela Begum, brother Jabir and sister Summayyah on a family holiday to see relatives in Bangladesh.

They flew from Heathrow on a Biman Airways flight bound for Dubai.

Mrs Begum reported that Jamil said he had a headache and felt unwell shortly before the flight and again reported feeling hot on the plane.

He slept on and off throughout the flight but when his mother tried to rouse him shortly before landing in Dubai she could not wake him.

She raised the alarm and appealed to passengers for help. Dr Dean said today: “Someone came over and said he was a doctor. He tried to revive Jamil.”

The doctor was from Queens Hospital in Romford, Essex but despite his efforts and those of an ambulance crew on the ground in Dubai, Jamil could not be resuscitated. A post mortem found that Jamil died of natural causes.

Dr Dean said the evidence of medical experts suggested there had been “a sudden and complete obstruction” of Jamil's ventricular system. He ruled that the death had not been preventable.

He said: “We do seem to have what is a natural event but one which caused the very sad death of Jamil Rahman”.

He described the youngster's death as being in “extreme sad circumstances”.

Jamil's father Salim Malik recently announced plans to open a new restaurant called Jamil's Koh-i-Noor in Crown Street in memory of his son.

Mr Malik is a well-known former chef at the family's Koh-i-Noor Restaurant in Upper Orwell Street.

Staff and students at Sidegate Primary held a ceremony in memory of Jamil after his death and dedicated a new part of the playground to his memory.

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