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An Oxford University-trained doctor suffering from Long Covid gassed himself in his mother’s car because he could no longer cope with the illness, an inquest heard.
Abhijeet Tavare, 27, was found slumped in the car by his doctor friends who went looking for him on the middle of the night.
A coroner heard his mother had returned to their home on London Road, Bushey, Herts., after her usual morning walk, only to realise something was wrong.
She went into her son’s bedroom and found his suicide notes.
In a statement from Abhijeet’s GP which was read to the inquest, it was revealed that the son, known as Abhi to friends, had contracted Covid-19 in September 2020, which he initially recovered from, only for symptoms of Long-Covid to emerge.
The inquest in Hertford was told that he reported he was suffering from palpitations, difficulty sleeping, extreme fatigue, as well as cognitive decline caused by brain fog – the latter meant he could no longer work for the international management consulting company and moved back home with his mother.
Abhijeet Tavare, 27, had caught coronavirus in September 2020 but later got Long Covid
The Oxford University-trained doctor could not find treatment to help his ongoing problems
He had already seen five different doctors and therapists for his physical and mental health issues, all to no avail. He was prescribed sleep medication by his GP and it was recorded in the inquest that no mention of self-harm or suicidal ideation was reported.
A statement from Police constable Holly Edwards, read: ‘Police received a phone call from Abhijeet’s sister-in-law, saying he wasn’t in his room and had left notes, saying he could no longer live with his illness and didn’t want to suffer anymore.
‘His mum woke up and went for a walk. She got back and noticed he hadn’t left his bedroom. She opened his door and he wasn’t there. Then she found the letters and immediately called his sister-in-law, who then called police.’
Officers declared him a high-risk missing person and began a search after finding CCTV of where the car he was driving was last spotted. Meanwhile, his closest friends – all junior doctors – heard the news he was missing and formed a search party.
The inquest was told that a combination of police investigations and reports, as well as the friends’ use of iphone-tracking and bank transaction tracking, led them to an area where he was last believed to have been.
Mr Tavare, 27, was found dead by friends in the Chenies Hill area of Rickmansworth, Herts.
LONG COVID: WHAT IS IT AND COULD IT BE FOUR DIFFERENT SYNDROMES?
Covid-19 is described as a short-term illness caused by infection with the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Public health officials tend to say people will recover within two weeks or so.
However it’s become increasingly clear that this is not the case for everyone, and that the two-week period is only the ‘acute illness’ phase.
The North Bristol NHS Trust’s Discover project, which is studying the longer-term effects of coronavirus, found that out of a total of 110 patients given a three-month check up, most (74 per cent) had at least one persistent symptom after twelve weeks. The most common were:
- Excessive fatigue: 39%
- Breathlessness: 39%
- Insomnia: 24%
- Muscle pain: 23%
- Chest pain: 13%
- Cough: 12%
- Loss of smell: 12%
- Headache, fever, joint pain and diarrhoea: Each less than 10%
Other long term symptoms that have been reported by Covid-19 survivors, both suspected and confirmed, anecdotally, include hearing problems, ‘brain fog’, memory loss, lack of concentration, mental health problems and hair loss.
The impact of Long Covid on people who had mild illness have not been studied in depth yet.
Data from the King’s College London symptom tracking app shows that up to 500,000 people in the UK are currently suffering from the long-term effects of Covid-19.
In October, scientists claimed Long Covid could actually be split into four different syndromes.
Academics at the National Institute for Health Research — headed up by Professor Chris Whitty — were asked to review the limited evidence on long Covid to help both patients and doctors understand the ‘phenomenon’.
Their findings warned that even children can suffer and it can’t be assumed that people who are at lower risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19 are also at low risk of lasting side effects.
Doctors cautioned some mental health problems such as anxiety and depression in ‘long-haulers’, as they are known, could be down to lockdowns, as opposed to the virus itself.
The experts also claimed that the symptoms could be grouped into four different groups:
- Post intensive care syndrome (PICS)
- Post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS)
- Permanent organ damage (POD)
- Long term Covid syndrome (LTCS)
A statement from Abhi’s friend and search-party member, Rebecca Evans, revealed what had happened on the night of tragedy.
She said: ‘He got brain fog and moved in with his mum. At that point he couldn’t work as he wasn’t able to, as he was struggling with fatigue.
‘On October 29, I was at work at the hospital when I got a call from a friend who said Abhi had gone missing. I wasn’t sure what to do but his friends asked me if I knew any of his bank details. I sent them across. Another friend was already liaising with police.
‘Given that both of us had cars we thought to drive around and try to find his car. We drove around looking at all the country lanes with no luck. We reconvened outside a pub when it was said that was an area nearby was where people often went to take their own lives.
‘Around 10 minutes after this we saw his vehicle. My partner and I rushed to the car and my partner told me to stay back and call 999. We tried to use jump-leads to smash the cars rear window but that wasn’t working.
‘I also called the other search group and said we found him and we thought he was dead. We couldn’t get into the vehicle as he had locked himself in.
‘One of our friends brought a head-lamp and saw a large rock and threw it at the car passenger window.’
After the grim discovery in Chenies Hill, Rickmansworth, Herts., a post-mortem report on Abhi’s body revealed that the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning by inhalation. He was declared dead by paramedics more than 12 hours after he was first reported missing.
His brother, Aniket Tavare said: ‘He was my younger brother. He was a very happy and well-adjusted child. Our dad passed away when he was six years old. He was very sporty and he never let life get in his way.
‘When Covid struck, he stayed with my mum and worked from home. He felt fine for a little bit, but then he started rapidly declining. He was extremely frustrated by this. When I last saw him he was very different – we couldn’t really talk about anything as his life was on pause.
‘There were no specific mental health concerns – we knew he was down, but that was more for his circumstances. I thought he would ride it out like every other challenge he faced in life. He will be missed by a lot of people.’
Concluding the inquest, assistant Hertfordshire coroner Jonathan Stevens said: ‘Abhi Tavare was an extremely talented man. He had beem to Oxford University and had excelled.
‘He had a very tight-knit group of friends. He was due to be best man at one of their weddings in the following year. He was an exceptionally talented person.
‘He contracted Long Covid and that presented him with a dramatic change to his life. He had seen numerous consultants to no avail. Once he was declared missing, the response from his friends was quite overwhelming.
‘They all just dropped everything they were doing and came to his mum’s house to offer support and assist. They were all junior doctors and once they found the car it was quite clear he had been dead for some time.
‘Despite their diligence, tragically, it was too late. I conclude his cause of death as suicide.’
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