Post mortem examination ruled out “possible respiratory failure secondary to hanging” as the cause of death of the college student found hanging on a tree in Tagbilaran City on Friday.
According to the police report obtained by Bohol Island News on Saturday, this was the findings of Dr. Maria Lourdes Avila, the one who conducted the examination of the victim’s body.
Respiratory failure, according to medical experts, usually occurs when there’s an obstruction in the airway of an individual.
The 19-year-old college student was found lifeless and hanging on a tree at past 5p.m. on Friday.
Based on the police report provided by Police Lt. Christopher Naveda, Tagbilaran City Police Chief, this incident was reported to their station at 6:25p.m.
Based on their investigation, she was last seen aimlessly walking in Purok 7, Barangay Bool in the said city at past 3p.m.
According to accounts of some onlookers in the area, she was busy holding her mobile phone when they saw her.
Her mobile phone was recovered in the area where she was found along with other personal belongings that were in her shoulder bag.
There were text messages found on her mobile phone indicating she had problems with a certain male individual and her family.
Her last text message was sent to this male individual where she threatened to take her life if he won’t call her.
This case is just one of the many cases of individuals taking their lives that is recorded in Central Visayas.
The 2018 data of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) showed there were 102 cases recorded here in the region from January to June.
Contrary to claims that depression tops the reason for individuals taking their lives, Dr. Renato “Rene” Obra, Chief Psychiatrist of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), said the cases here in the region are mostly caused by relational problems.
Other causes are mood problems, brought by hormonal imbalance, that is possibly caused by depression, financial and medical problems.
Obra advised the public, especially those who are experiencing problems, to talk to someone they can share their situation with.