Med­i­cal ex­perts ex­hume pupil’s legs for fur­ther tests

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JO­HOR BARU: The re­mains of Mo­hamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi were ex­humed for the sec­ond time yes­ter­day.

How­ever, it in­volved only his am­pu­tated legs so that med­i­cal sci­ence per­son­nel would get more ev­i­dence as to what ac­tu­ally caused the death the 11-year-old.

His grand­fa­ther Ah­mad Mo­tai said author­i­ties from Pu­tra­jaya, in­clud­ing a mag­is­trate, had come to meet the fam­ily on Wed­nes­day stat­ing that it was to con­duct an au­topsy.

Thaqif ’s legs were am­pu­tated to pre­vent the spread of an in­fec­tion but he died on April 26 after suf­fer­ing from other med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions.

Thaqif was hos­pi­talised at Sul­tan Is­mail Hospi­tal after he was al­legedly whipped by an as­sis­tant war­den at his reli­gious school’s hos­tel in Kota Tinggi, Jo­hor.

The in­ci­dent also saw 14 other pupils re­ceiv­ing sim­i­lar pun­ish­ment on March 24, be­cause they made noise at the school’s surau.

At Thaqif ’s funeral at the Felda Bukit Ap­ing Mus­lim ceme­tery, his legs which were buried ear­lier were sep­a­rately ex­humed and re­buried with his re­mains in a grave.

Ah­mad said the fam­ily was re­luc­tant to al­low the sec­ond ex­huma­tion but con­sented as it only in­volved only his grandson’s am­pu­tated legs.

“They (the author­i­ties) told me it (the ex­huma­tion) was for an au­topsy be­cause when Thaqif died the foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion was only car­ried out on his body and not on his am­pu­tated legs,” he said.

“They need the legs for a few days and will re­turn them for burial after the ex­am­i­na­tion and tak­ing sam­ples,” he said.

Ah­mad said the fam­ily was still mourn­ing Thafiq’s death and would or­gan­ise a tahlil cer­e­mony on Thurs­day to mark the 40th day of his pass­ing.

In Kuala Lumpur, Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subra­ma­niam said a med­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the am­pu­tated legs was ex­pected to be known in two weeks.

“The pathol­o­gists do­ing the post-mortem were not sat­is­fied with the avail­able ev­i­dence, even though they tried to de­ter­mine the cause of death.

“(As a re­sult) they re­quested for the limbs, which had al­ready been buried, to be ex­humed for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“When they did the amputation, they did not ex­pect him to die.

“So, they (foren­sics) did not do the pro­ce­dure,” he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the boy died and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has now en­tered a dif­fer­ent an­gle and re­quires more in­for­ma­tion,” he said on the side­lines of the Golden Ju­bilee Cel­e­bra­tions of the Malaysian Or­tho­pe­dic As­so­ci­a­tion here yes­ter­day.

He said the foren­sic pathol­o­gists had al­ready done a com­plete in­ves­ti­ga­tion and knew the “ten­ta­tive cause” of death but did not want to an­nounce it as the team re­quired more ev­i­dence.

Mean­while, Dr Subra­ma­niam said Malaysia did not have suf­fi­cient or­tho­pe­dic spe­cial­ists.

There are more than 800 doc­tors in the field, in­clud­ing 285 to 295 sur­geons pro­vid­ing or­tho­pe­dic ser­vices in 53 gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals.

Malaysian Or­tho­pe­dic As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Azmi Ba­harudin said the spe­cial­ists had to deal with more and more life­style re­lated and de­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases in­volv­ing lig­a­ments, joints and bones.

TAJUDDIN PIC BY ZULKARNAIN AH­MAD

Mo­hamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi’s grand­fa­ther Ah­mad Mo­tai (right) at Thaqif ’s grave, which was ex­humed by the author­i­ties for the sec­ond time in Kota Tinggi yes­ter­day.

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