Boy badly burnt in play­ground in­ci­dent

New Straits Times - - News -

ALOR STAR: A 7-year-old boy was se­ri­ously burnt when he torched him­self while play­ing with petrol he found at a play­ground near his home in Ta­man Je­lu­tong, Kuala Nerang, on Tues­day.

Muham­mad Na­u­fal Zafran Mohd Zahirud­din, suf­fered 30 per cent burns to his head, body and arms, and is warded at Sul­tanah Bahiyah Hos­pi­tal’s burns in­ten­sive care unit here.

In the 2.30pm in­ci­dent, the vic­tim and his friend, also aged 7, were at the play­ground when they stum­bled upon a bot­tle con­tain­ing petrol in a drain, some 500m away from his home.

It is learnt that the boys, both pupils of SK Kuala Nerang, were play­ing with a lighter and the petrol when it sud­denly caught fire.

His fa­ther, Mohd Zahirud­din Zakaria, 42, said he was re­turn­ing home from a gro­cery shop when he saw Na­u­fal strug­gling to re­move his trousers that were on fire.

“I was shocked to see the burns on his head, body and arms. I could smell petrol on his body.

“I rushed my son to Kuala Nerang Hos­pi­tal and he was sub­se­quently trans­ferred to Sul­tanah Bahiyah Hos­pi­tal’s burns in­ten­sive care unit,” he said.

Zahirud­din, a driver with Kuala Nerang Hos­pi­tal, said the third child of five was sched­uled to un­dergo surgery.

He lodged a re­port on the in­ci­dent yes­ter­day.

The other child with Na­u­fal was un­in­jured.

PIC COUR­TESY OF READER

Muham­mad Na­u­fal Zafran Mohd Zahirud­din be­ing treated at Kuala Nerang Hos­pi­tal in Kuala Nerang yes­ter­day.

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