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What it's like to die as a consequence of overtiredness

December 29, 2014, 5:15 am | This story has an Influence Score of 1551

By riazhussain

Dubai has been in the gold trade for centuries. It is sometimes called the "City of Gold". It has wholesale and retail markets for the precious mineral, and also for diamonds. One of its traditional retail markets for the jewelry trade is Gold Souq. The dazzling bazaar contains hundreds of jewelry shops and wholesale stores which contain tons of gold. It is not a long market; you can walk through the market within 30 minutes. As one makes his or her way by the glittering and sparkling display made of jewelry at the various shops, one wonders at the multicultural designs that have been created. Hand-made chains, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings, earrings shimmer in the shops. All sorts of articles of ornamentation are available in 24 karats, 18 karats, 14 karats and 10 karats.

There are virtually no taxes on business in Dubai; therefore, the market offers cheap and genuine gold to tourists from all around the world.

The walkway in front of the shop is covered by a traditional wooden roof that runs through the market and is supported by wooden columns.

The market is situated at the heart of Dubai and is crowded with customers throughout the year. Skilled people who work in the market, as well as the sales force of the market come from Asian and Arab countries. Today's story is about the premature death of a jewelry retailer who worked in this bustling bazar. 

Asif was one of the jewelry retailers in Gold Souq. He was handsome by any definition of the word. He had long black hair that touched the strong blades of his shoulders, his is white teeth and red cheeks looking beautiful against it. His shirts sat well on his wide chest. He had to manage the purchase and sale of jewelry at three shops from morning to evening. He had a large house and a new car.

When he would come home the automatic garage door would open allowing him park the car. Tired and exhausted after working at the three shops, he would leave his car with heavy steps. Then he would go to greet his mother. This was his routine. At times he would feel like sleeping in the vehicle.

One day when he returned home in the evening, he was presumably unable to move his legs because of fatigue. So, he decided to have a short nap in the car. He left the engine running, switched on the AC and went to sleep in the vehicle. The garage was not spacious. So, the car exhaust entered the car and he died of suffocation within 45 minutes. The next morning , his family found him cold and dead in the car. This happened in 2005.

Occurrence of death while sleeping in an idle car is not an isolated case. There appeared a news story in the Gulf News on August 25, 2012. The news report was entitled ‘Sleeping in the cool comfort of your car can kill you’. In another report of the Telegraph (19 Jun 2009), we read about  the death of Suzanne, a businesswoman, who slept in her car with a broken heater. The car was filled with fumes during her sleep. In the morning her when her friend opened the door, he saw Suzanne lying down with the driver's seat tilted right back. "I just thought she was asleep. But when I opened the door there was a strange smell and I knew right away that she was dead."

Sleeping in an immobile car with engine switched on is dangerous. The risk increases if the car (with the engine running) is parked in an enclosed space like your garage. People switch on AC or heater of the car and go to sleep or take a long nap. The temperature of the car might change when the exhaust fumes get into the car after being obstructed in the enclosed space of garage.  In such a situation of suffocation, the person sleeping in the car can die in less than an hour. There are several cases which show that persons who went to sleep in their stationary car with the engine , AC or heater switched on never woke up again.  

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