Kim Chol had symp­toms shown by per­son poi­soned with organophosphate

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SHAH ALAM: A med­i­cal wit­ness told the High Court here yes­ter­day that the con­di­tion of mur­dered North Korean Kim Chol was con­sis­tent with symp­toms shown by a per­son poi­soned with organophosphate, a chem­i­cal com­pound found in the deadly nerve agent VX.

Univer­siti Malaya Med­i­cal Cen­tre (PPUM) Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Dr R. Kalyani, who was at­tached with the emer­gency depart­ment of Hos­pi­tal Pu­tra­jaya at the time Kim Chol, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was mur­dered, said the ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion on Kim Chol’s body found that it was dif­fer­ent from the usual cases that they would get.

“Usu­ally, when a pa­tient is brought in dead, or af­ter 30 min­utes of Car­diopul­monary Re­sus­ci­ta­tion( CPR ), the pupils would be fixed and di­lated. But with this pa­tient (Kim Chol), they were fixed but con­stricted. Most of the time, clin­i­cally, it’s due to poi­son­ing, specif­i­cally on organophosphate,” she said.

Organophosphate is acutely toxic to hu­mans, bees and wildlife. It is com­monly found in pes­ti­cides and mostly in liq­uid form.

In re­ply to deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Raja Zaizul Fari­dah Raja Za­harudin dur­ing ex­am­i­na­tionin-chief, the 13th wit­ness said that when the sub­stance is in­gested or ap­plied, it will cause a se­ries of symp­toms, in­clud­ing mio­sis, which is the con­stric­tion of eye pupils.

She was tes­ti­fy­ing in the trial of two women, In­done­sian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Viet­namese Doan Thi Huong, 28, who are ac­cused with four oth­ers still at large of mur­der­ing Kim Chol, 45, at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port 2 ( klia2) de­par­ture hall at 9am on Feb 13.

De­scrib­ing the pa­tient’s con­di­tion when he was brought to the hos­pi­tal by a team of paramedics, Dr Kalyani said there was no pulse, and he was show­ing no signs of life.

She added that af­ter con­duct­ing checks on Kim Chol when he ar­rived, they ini­ti­ated CPR im­me­di­ately for 30 min­utes but stopped af­ter that, as there were no signs of re­turn of spon­ta­neous cir­cu­la­tion.

“He was in an un­re­spon­sive con­di­tion and in­tu­bated with man­ual bag. 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 (bear­ing the name Kim Chol) which was car­ried by the para­medic team,” she said.

Dr Kalyani, who was on duty at the emer­gency depart­ment on the day of the in­ci­dent, added that the nurse who sent the vic­tim to the hos­pi­tal told her that the vic­tim was a for­eigner trav­el­ling to a des­ti­na­tion who claimed that “some­thing” was sprayed on his face, when he first sought treat­ment at the Me­nara Med­i­cal Clinic at klia2.

“The same nurse told me that the pa­tient was walk­ing and talk­ing when he ar­rived in the clinic, later on he started to sweat, de­velop seizures, sub­se­quently col­lapsed in the clinic,” she said.

Dr Kalyani also added that, the nurse also re­sus­ci­tated the pa­tient while the pa­tient was in­tu­bated and was also given IV Adren­a­line and Atropine med­i­ca­tions.

“IV Adren­a­line is a com­mon drug use to re­sus­ci­tate while Atropine to in­crease the heart beat. Ac­cord­ing to the staff nurse, the pa­tient had col­lapsed and ex­pe­ri­enced episodes of hy­poten­sion, where the blood pres­sure is very low and the heart­beat of the pa­tient fee­ble, so that is why they ad­min­is­tered these two med­i­ca­tions,” she said.

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