Medical experts exhume pupil’s legs for further tests
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.
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.