28-year-old healthy man dies in sleep due to sudden cardiac arrest

Man had no medical problems, colleagues and friends say

Image Credit: Courtesy family
Mohammad Rafi
09 Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: When Mohammad Rafi was seen sleeping beyond his usual wake-up time on Friday morning, his roommates tried to wake him up but he fell down from the bed to the floor.

They were shocked to see the motionless young man who had fallen asleep the previous night as usual after having a cheerful conversation with them.

They took him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead due to cardiac arrest, the colleagues and family friends of the deceased told Gulf News yesterday.

The 28-year-old Rafi was working as a carpenter and did not have any medical problems at all, Shahul Hameed, his supervisor at work, said.

“He was always cheerful too, he was not at all under any stress,” he said.

He had been working with a private company in Abu Dhabi for more than three years and was from the south Indian state of Kerala.

Raafi is survived by wife and a two-year-old daughter. “He had gone on vacation about a year ago and had a nice time with his only daughter. He already planned next vacation early next year and started preparations for that,” Hameed said.

Colleagues and friends were unable to believe that a healthy person who did not have any medical problems could die so suddenly.

“To my knowledge, no one in his family has any cardiac problems,” Kunji Moidu, a family friend, said.

He was working with around 20 people who were from his same village. “He had a nice relationship with all of them. As he did not have any relatives in the capital, friends were everything for him,” Moidu said.

He said efforts to complete the formalities to repatriate the body were progressing.

Several cases of young people, especially children, dying unexpectedly of sudden cardiac arrest have been reported recently.

In a similar incident, 16-year-old Harold Robinson, an Indian school pupil, died in his sleep in December 2011. When he did not wake up in the morning, his parents felt he must be sleepy.

The boy had gone to bed as usual the previous night after dinner with his family. But the parents were shocked to find blood and foam on his lips in the morning,.

They called an ambulance and the paramedics declared him dead. The tenth grader was a very active boy who went swimming regularly and performed at public functions as a singer.

As Gulf News reported in October last year, Nazneen Nasser, an Indian 12th grader, felt an uneasiness while resting in her bedroom over the weekend — but was pronounced dead on arrival at a clinic close to her home within a few minutes. The family of the 17-year-old schoolgirl was unable to come to terms with the fact that their daughter, who never had any serious medical problems in the past, died of cardiac arrest.

“We all were resting at home on Friday afternoon. Her younger sister told us Nazneen was vomiting and we immediately took her to Khalidiya clinic. But doctors said she died of cardiac arrest,” Abdul Nasser, her father, had said.


  • RajMohan

    Aug 25, 2013 3:23

    Same incident happend in a school class room in Chennai A Class 8 Student collapsed and died of a cardiac arrest suffered during Class hours at a Kodungaiyur school on Saturday. Police, who interviewed her parents and doctors, said the cardiac arrest was caused by a congenitalheart condition.

  • Navid Khan

    Aug 25, 2013 2:32

    I am very shocked to hear that why serial of people dying with cardiac arrest in such young age, and also very strange to hear that all of them Indians why? I would request to Gulf news kindly explain about cardiac arrest disease so we learn some basics precautions to prevent it in our life.

  • Tasneem

    Aug 25, 2013 1:38

    Everything happens with the will of Allah, when time have come, no body can do anything. With Cardiac arrest , it happens suddenly with no indication in advance, the one who is close to victim have only 4 to 6 minutes to react. If you see the person is collapsed suddenly and is not breathing and is totally motionless, you can do one thing quickly before even calling to emergency. That is to compress the chest of the patient quickly, probably 100 compression per minute. Compress the chest hard and allow the chest to expand at its full in each compression. If a person have life in him, the heart electrical signals system come back into active and start giving signals to heart.

  • Naseer shah

    Aug 25, 2013 12:34

    It is He (Allah) Who gives life, and causes death, and to Him you (all) shall return. ( سورة يونس , Yunus, Chapter #10, Verse #56 his death in young age is pain full. but we all get some lesson from this type of deaths. we all human being have very short time in this world. no one knows about his death time. we have only two breaths which we take in & out. These breaths makes connection in between our soul and this physical body. when this connection disconnected human being become dead. so breaths are so important for us. we have to take care of these breaths. and make them precious with the remembrance of Almighty Allah. ( فَاِذَا قَضَيۡتُمُ الصَّلٰوةَ فَاذۡكُرُوا اللّٰهَ قِيَامًاوَّقُعُوۡدًا وَّعَلٰى جُنُوۡبِكُمۡ Once you have finished your Salah,then, remember Allah while standing, sitting and reclining.) surah An nisa verses 103. But how it is possible to remember Allah every time, Allah Solves this problem in Quran. وَاذۡكُرْ رَّبَّكَ فِىۡ نَفۡسِكَتَضَرُّعًا وَّخِيۡفَةً وَّدُوۡنَ الۡجَـهۡرِ مِنَ الۡقَوۡلِ بِالۡغُدُوِّوَالۡاٰصَالِ وَلَا تَكُنۡ مِّنَ الۡغٰفِلِيۡنَ‏ Remember your Allahin your heart (WITH YOUR BREATHS ) with humility and awe, and withoutspeaking loudly, in mornings and evenings, and do not be among theheedless. Al Araaf (205) This is only one demand of Allah which Allah wants from his beloved creature Human Being. Allah wants that our every moment, our every breath, our every seconds passes with his Love and Remembrance. breaths are only source with the help of which we can remember Almighty Allah in every seconds, with out disturbance of ourother duties which we have to perform here to survive. May Allah, theAlmighty bless the souls of all Marhumeen. Ameen!

  • Ammar Zarrouq

    Aug 25, 2013 11:04

    Death has no time , when a time come for someone to die then it got no reason to explain as Allah says (when their term comes, neither can they delay nor can they advance it an hour ) so whether you're sick or healthy death got no reasons.

  • Abdul Samad

    Aug 25, 2013 10:40


  • Rhonald

    Aug 25, 2013 10:25

    Could you guys post an article on Cardiac Arrest, the symptoms and stepsto prevent it? It will be helpful for many people

  • Ali Raza

    Aug 25, 2013 10:00

    Very sad news.

  • Mohammed Naim

    Aug 25, 2013 9:22

    It is very sad to know that very young people with no medical history to die due to cardiac arrest. But please, I would like to request Gulf News - to please guide us why cardiac arrest happens even in young people, how to avoid it, or to know the symptoms. It would be a great help.I really feel for all these young people and their families. May Allah help themto get through this very tough and sad time.

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Same incident happend in a school class room in Chennai A Class 8 Student collapsed and died of a cardiac arrest suffered during Class hours at a Kodungaiyur school on Saturday. Police, who interviewed her parents and doctors, said the cardiac arrest was caused by a congenitalheart condition.


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