Doctors attending one resettled Bhutanese, 20-year-old Menuka Poudel at St Joseph Hospital formally declared her dead at 6:30 pm local time, Wednesday. She was rescued from her apartment when she was found hanging on a scarf to commit suicide on Tuesday afternoon.
Though doctors pronounced her dead only a day as she was kept in ‘life support’, friends and family members claimed she breathed her last in her apartment itself.
The family is yet to receive the dead body from the hospital.
Meanwhile, the Bhutanese Community in Arizona is holding an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss about the kind of supports the Poudel’s family needs from the Bhutanese community and the funeral procedures to be adopted.
The family that originally hailed from Dagana of Bhutan was shifted to Phoenix two moths ago under the third country resettlement program. Still, two members of the family reside in Beldangi-II sector A-1, waiting for their relocation.
“We have done everything. Now we are waiting for our flight schedule from International Organization for Migration,” her brother, Hari Poudel, told Bhutan News Service from Beldangi-II over phone.
Meanwhile, following the suicide of their daughters, parents have refused to go to the same apartment, which is currently locked by security for investigation, it is learnt.
Currently, aged Poudel couple and a daughter are taking shelter in one of their relative’s apartment until their resettlement agency finds the next apartment.
The cause behind her suicide is yet to be investigated, family sources informed.
With inputs from Nandita Khanal from Arizona