‘We begged them not to am­pu­tate’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Friends and col­leagues of the Pak­istani man who lost his leg in the hor­rific KL Eco City pedes­trian bridge col­lapse on Wed­nes­day had begged the med­i­cal team not to am­pu­tate his left leg.

The vic­tim, Rais Aman Ma­jidd, 28, is cur­rently in the in­ten­sive care unit (ICU) of the Uni­ver­sity Malaya Med­i­cal Cen­tre (UMMC) here.

At­tempts by theSun to speak to him proved fu­tile.

It is learnt that Rais was a fork­lift driver and was in his fork­lift at the time the bridge col­lapsed, which re­sulted in him be­ing trapped in­side the fork­lift. The med­i­cal team at the scene had to am­pu­tate his left leg to get him out of the rub­ble.

“We had to beg the med­i­cal team not to am­pu­tate his leg, we were plead­ing but they had to do it to save his life,” said an un­named col­league at the hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

Some of Rais’ col­leagues are livid with the Pak­istan High Com­mis­sion in Malaysia for not reach­ing out to the vic­tim. A friend of the vic­tim, Ali Ma­lik, 28, who is also a con­struc­tion worker, ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion about the whole sit­u­a­tion.

“We are dis­ap­pointed that no one from the High Com­mis­sion has even made an ef­fort to con­tact one of their own who is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion,” he said, adding he ex­pected the High Com­mis­sion to act im­me­di­ately and come to the aid of its own cit­i­zen.

“Even Rais’ boss came to visit him and see to his needs,” he said.

In an im­me­di­ate re­sponse, First Sec­re­tary of the Pak­istan High Com­mis­sion in Malaysia, Mian Atif Sharif, told theSun said that they were not aware of Rais’ in­juries.

“It could be be­cause no one reached out to us,” he said.

Mean­while, checks by theSun at the UMMC mor­tu­ary re­vealed that the one vic­tim who died in the in­ci­dent was a 21-year-old Viet­namese man named Tran Xuan Vang.

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