Young Guyanese Scholar Collapses and Dies in Peru

Yogeeta Persaud

While on a Stony Brook University Medical Outreach

GUYANA — Former top student at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams, Yogeeta Persaud, died suddenly in Peru earlier this week while on a medical outreach.

Persaud, 20, of Golden Fleece, Essequibo Coast and a former student of Anna Regina Multilateral was adjudged the Caribbean’s most outstanding student in 2013 after securing grade ones in 18 subjects. She was awarded for the Most Outstanding Performance at the CSEC 2013.

She was also a top performer at the National Grade Six Examinations in Region Two in 2009.

FLASHBACK: Best Overall CSEC student Yogeeta Persaud receiving her award from then Minister of Education Priya Manickchand at the Ministry’s 2013 national award ceremony. (Stabroek News photo)

Her father, Thakur Persaud, confirmed her death. Yogeeta was the only child for her parents.

The mourning father said that they received information on her passing immediately and were told that she spent the day shadowing a doctor during the outreach. The outreach, he explained was organized by Stony Brook University, in New York, which she was attended and earned herself a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry.

Yogeeta had been in Peru for over a week working along with others on the outreach.

News of her death quickly spread and her social media accounts were inundated with messages of condolences.