A 16-year-old pupil of Pleasantville Secondary School died on Sunday, a day before his school reopened for the first time this term.
Fourth form pupil Obasi Arcia died at San Fernando General Hospital. He was the only child of his parents.
His father Gerald Arcia said his wife, Marion Smith, the boy’s mother, died two years ago as a result of sickle cell disease—a hereditary blood disorder.
His son also suffered with the same illness.
The Arcia family live at Bertrand Street, San Fernando.
Arcia said his son went to a church at Coffee Street, San Fernando, on Sunday morning with relatives.
When he fell ill, the teenager went to a fast food outlet to rest.
His condition deteriorated and he was taken to the hospital.
The boy died at the Emergency Department at around 1.15 p.m.
Arcia said doctors told him his son died from a massive stroke, a recurrence of one that occurred last year.
Yesterday, Arcia said despite his son’s illness, he would “always have a positive outlook on life”.
“He was looking forward to going back to school. He was very excited. He had all his books and everything ready. He always loved cars and wanted to become anything that has to do with cars. That was his main passion. As a son, he was always loving and he was always giving jokes.”
Arcia said he was trying as much as possible to cope with the death.
The funeral will be held later this week.