Doc­tor shows signs of im­prove­ment af­ter fall



A MALAYSIAN doc­tor who was left fight­ing for his life af­ter suf­fer­ing se­vere head in­juries af­ter fall­ing into a ravine in Glen­dalough is show­ing signs of im­prove­ment.

Forty- year- old Dr. Zekri Hashim was cy­cling with a group of friends downhill in the Glen­dalough Val­ley when he lost con­trol of his bi­cy­cle at a dan­ger­ous bend and fell into a two-me­tre ravine.

He was air­lifted by he­li­copter to hospi­tal and tests re­vealed he had sus­tained a se­ri­ous head in­jury and in­ter­nal in­juries as a re­sult of the fall.

He also suf­fered bruis­ing and other mi­nor in­juries to his face and other parts of his body.

While Dr. Hashim re­mains un­der se­da­tion at the In­ten­sive Care Unit at St. James Hospi­tal, Dublin, he has re­sponded pos­i­tively to treat­ment.

Speak­ing in Malaysia, his sis­ter Zizie Hashim says her brother was able to move his arms and legs when he un­der­went tests. A doc­tor has also in­formed the fam­ily that Dr. Hashim still has brain ac­tiv­ity.

‘ The anaes­thetists sent me an SMS say­ing that my brother is show­ing en­cour­ag­ing signs and that his in­juries were not as bad as they had ini­tially thought.

‘ The doc­tors are re­peat­ing some scans and will li­aise with the Neu­ro­surgery Depart­ment soon.'

Dr. Hashim has lived in Dublin for the past 15 years and is a med­i­cal ex­am­iner at Ir­ish Life & Per­ma­nent, a med­i­cal of­fi­cer for The Mar­lay Nurs­ing Home and a vis­it­ing physi­cian at Car­i­tas Con­va­les­cent Cen­tre.

Pre­vi­ously he was a doc­tor at Mount Carmel Pri­vate Hospi­tal and was ed­u­cated at Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin and the Na­tional Univer­sity of Ire­land in Galway.

His wife and the cou­ple's two chil­dren, a three-year-old son and ten-year-old daugh­ter, have re­mained at his bed­side ever since the ac­ci­dent. Dr. Hashim is a mem­ber of the Lu­can­based Kem­bara Cy­cling Club, made up of Malaysian people liv­ing in Ire­land. The club has sus­pended all of their ac­tiv­i­ties since the ac­ci­dent oc­curred on March 30.

Dr. Hashim was cy­cling ahead of four friends when he lost con­trol of his bi­cy­cle while ap­proach­ing a bend at around 3.30 p. m. in the af­ter­noon. A cou­ple of Ir­ish cy­clists wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent and were able to pull him out of the ravine. His four friends were cy­cling some dis­tance be­hind him and only be­came aware of the in­ci­dent later on.

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