Autopsy report of Maria Golovnina indicates her death by asphyxiation. The reason of asphyxiation was not determined in the report. What is asphyxiation?

Autopsy report of Maria Golovnina indicates her death by asphyxiation. The reason of asphyxiation was not determined in the report. What is asphyxiation?

Was Russian journalist Maria Golovinina poisoned
Maria Golovinina. Photo from her Twitter account

By Staff Reporter

Islamabad, Pakistan: An official autopsy report on the death of Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina has concluded that she died of asphyxiation, the cause of which “at this stage cannot be established”, reports ND TV India.

It may be mentioned that Dispatch News Desk in its story published after her body was found indicated possible causes of her death as poison—strangulation—gases in room

Report published by Dispatch News Desk on February 23 afternoon indicated as:

“Hospital sources say that she was a young woman and her body had bluish spots so it could be a death due to poison  or lack of oxygen in body— strangulation or some gases in the room. “Only autopsy report will judge the cause of the death but report shall not be shared with media as directed by some top people in Islamabad”, said sources”.

Previous report can be read to click this link

Now official autopsy report published by NDTV indicated that the cause of her death by asphyxiation. The cause of asphyxiation cannot be established “at this stage”, said report.

What is asphyxiation?

According to Wikimedia and medical dictionaries,

Asphyxia or asphyxiation is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body that arises from abnormal breathing. An example of asphyxia is choking. There are many circumstances that can induce asphyxia, all of which are characterized by an inability of an individual to acquire sufficient oxygen through breathing for an extended period of time. Asphyxia can cause coma or death.

Situations that can cause asphyxia include but are not limited to:

the constriction or obstruction of airways, such as from asthma, laryngospasm, or simple blockage from the presence of foreign materials; from being in environments where oxygen is not readily accessible: such as underwater, in a low oxygen atmosphere, or in a vacuum; environments where sufficiently oxygenated air is present, but cannot be adequately breathed because of air contamination such as excessive smoke.

Other causes of oxygen deficiency include but are not limited to:

Acute respiratory distress syndrome

Carbon monoxide inhalation, such as that from a car exhaust and the smoke’s emission from a lighted cigarette: carbon monoxide has a higher affinity than oxygen to the hemoglobin in the blood’s red blood corpuscles, bonding with it tenaciously, and, in the process, displacing oxygen and preventing the blood from transporting oxygen around the body

Contact with certain chemicals, including pulmonary agents (such as phosgene) and blood agents (such as hydrogen cyanide)


Drug overdose

Hanging, specifically suspension or short drop hanging.

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