A student at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus died suddenly on January 26th after suffering what school officials described as a “medical emergency” in her dorm room. The student who died, Joy Iwuagwu, was just 19 years old at the time of her death.
According to the report about what happened, public safety officials at the school were called to Iwaugwu’s dorm on the North residence complex at around 1:25 in the afternoon.
Speaking on what happened once they got there, UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said “Upon arrival, they were directed to a room in which the resident had been found unresponsive.”
The campus fire officials proceeded to try and give Iwuagwu life-saving emergency care until the EMS from Windham Hospital arrived, but she was pronounced dead when the Windham Hospital EMS got there. The CT Post, adding more details on the situation at the time of her death, said:
No other students were treated or transported to the hospital as a result of the call, she said.
Reitz said the student was an undergraduate who lived in the room where the medical emergency occurred. The complex is an on-campus housing collection of 11 dorms, she said.
The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy.
According to the CT Insider, Connecticut’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Wednesday that the cause of her death is still pending further study. However, UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said, according to WFSB-TV, that “Preliminary indications suggest the untimely death may have been the result of a medical emergency, and is not being treated as suspicious.”
The now deceased 19-year-old was a sophomore studying at UConn’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences. Her LinkedIn profile page describes her as having had a passion for both digital media and digital marketing, along with saying that she has straight A’s through high school in Hamden, Connecticut. In the “About” section of her profile, she said:
I’m a Multimedia/Graphics Specialist with a passion for delivering information in a visually pleasing and creative way. With the use of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro, I help promote and advertise events, programs, and initiatives. With any change requested by a client, I can be quick on my feet to ensure that the project best fits their needs and goals. I take pride in my work and believe that creativity and storytelling are essential in any task, and I incorporate that into every project I work on.
She also described working as an intern for the U Conn Center for Career Development, where she would “Assist the digital marketing team in conceptualizing and creating various graphics and video content for the Center for Career Development’s programs, events, and initiatives. Graphics include branding logos, flyers/posters, images for web use, as well as videos for various explainers and other online resources.”
By: Will Tanner. Follow me on Twitter @Will_Tanner_1
Featured image credit: Joy Iwuagwu LinkedIn
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