Electrocuted GTT technician succumbs after hospital release

David Kunath, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) technician who sustained burns about his body more than two months ago after an accident in which he was electrocuted, succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.

A relative of Kunath, who wished not to be named yesterday, confirmed his death to Sunday Stabroek.

The woman said Kunath died between 1 am and 3 am last Thursday, which was the day after he was discharged from the hospital.

The accident occurred around 9 am on February 14th, when Kunath came into contact with a Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) transformer, resulting in him being pitched from the pole he was working on at New Garden Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.

As a result, he sustained severe second and third degree burns to his upper body. He had also suffered a number of fractures about his body and was bleeding in his brain.

He was admitted as a patient in the Burn Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital.  Stabroek News was told that during his stay at the hospital, Kunath underwent several surgeries for the injuries he sustained.

A relative had previously told this newspaper that Kunath, a father of three, had been working with the telephone company for an estimated three years at the time of the accident. Both GTT and GPL had launched investigations into the accident.

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