Kim Chol’s pupils con­stricted, says doc­tor

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SHAH ALAM: The con­di­tion of slain North Korean Kim Chol was con­sis­tent to that of a per­son poi­soned with Organophosphate, a chem­i­cal com­pound found in the deadly nerve agent VX, the High Court heard.

A med­i­cal of­fi­cer from Pu­tra­jaya Hos­pi­tal Dr R. Kalyani, who was the 13th wit­ness in the mur­der trial, said an ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion on the vic­tim’s body showed that his death was dif­fer­ent from cases the hos­pi­tal usu­ally en­coun­tered.

“Usu­ally, when a pa­tient is brought in dead, or af­ter 30 min­utes of CPR (car­dio pul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion), the pupils would be fixed and di­lated. But, with this vic­tim, they were fixed but con­stricted.

“Most of the time, clin­i­cally, it’s due to poi­son­ing, specif­i­cally Organophosphate,” she said dur­ing ex­am­i­na­tion-in-chief by deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Raja Zaizul Fari­dah Raja Za­harud­din.

The wit­ness said in Malaysia, Organophosphate could be found in pes­ti­cides, mostly in liq­uid form.

She said when the sub­stance was in­gested or ap­plied, it would cause a se­ries of symp­toms, such as myosis, which is the con­stric­tion of pupils.

She was tes­ti­fy­ing at the trial of In­done­sian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Viet­namese Doan Thi Huong, 28, who are charged with mur­der­ing Kim Chol, along with four oth­ers at large, at Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port 2 (klia2) on Feb 13.

Dr Kalyani tes­ti­fied that when Kim Chol was brought to Pu­tra­jaya Hos­pi­tal, there was no pulse. She said af­ter ex­am­in­ing Kim Chol’s body, the med­i­cal team ini­ti­ated CPR on him for 30 min­utes, but stopped the process af­ter that as there were no signs of re­turn of spon­ta­neous cir­cu­la­tion.

“When he was brought to the hos­pi­tal by the paramedics team from Me­nara Med­i­cal Clinic (at klia2), he was with an in­tu­ba­tor and a man­ual bag and was un­re­spon­sive.

“He was not breath­ing. I did not know the name of pa­tient at that time. I got to know his de­tails af­ter see­ing his pass­port which was brought by the paramedics team.”

Dr Kalyani, who was on duty at the Emer­gency Depart­ment that day, said the nurse who sent the vic­tim to the hos­pi­tal had said the vic­tim claimed that “some­thing” was sprayed on his face.

“The same nurse told me that the pa­tient was walk­ing and talk­ing when he ar­rived at the clinic, and later, he started to sweat, de­vel­oped seizures and col­lapsed at the clinic.”

She told the court that the nurse told her that the vic­tim was ad­min­is­tered with Adren­a­line and Atropine med­i­ca­tions (to re­vive and re­v­erse the ef­fect of poi­son­ing) prior to his ar­rival at the hos­pi­tal as he was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hy­poten­sion.

“How­ever, I could not con­firm the real time of death as we were un­sure when he re­ally died,” she said, adding that the cause of death was un­known.

Trial con­tin­ues be­fore judge Datuk Azmi Arif­fin today. Kim Chol, 45, who was claimed to be Kim Jong-nam, the es­tranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed us­ing VX about 9am on Feb 13.

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