Death of child at hospital: Family demands full probe

David-VellasamyKUALA LUMPUR: Family members of a 4-year-old girl who died at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang have demanded a thorough and independent investigation.

A family member, David Vellasamy, demanded further police investigation to be done into the case as the explanation given to them was absurd and illogical.

“They told us the close-circuit television (CCTV) camera at the hospital was faulty,” Vellasamy told the press today after a demonstration by NGOs and family members in front of the Bukit Aman police headquarters.

Vellasamy said that they had demanded to view the hospital’s CCTV footage to determine the actual cause of death of the child.

Speaking on behalf of the mother, Vellasamy, who is the uncle of the 4-year-old Lanariya Wilbert, said the mother felt devastated as no further action was taken regarding the case.

“We asked them to show us the CCTV footage as proof but our demands fell on deaf ears.”

He said the case was not being taken seriously and those responsible purposely withheld the truth from family members.

He also said the child would have lived if she was given proper and immediate treatment.

Previously, it was reported in Berita Daily that Lanariya died on March 20 in the intensive care unit of Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang.

It was reported the hospital claimed the child had been dead an hour before arrival.

However, according to family members, this did not make sense as the child was examined by a doctor at a private clinic in Kapar about 20 minutes before she was rushed to the hospital nearby.

It was earlier reported that a group of NGOs disputing the report had sent a memorandum to Suhakam asking it to view the hospital CCTV footage to determine the truth for itself.

Organisasi Penggerak Sosial dan Minda Nambikkai national president Kalai Vanar, who was present during the demonstration today, said the report given by the hospital was unacceptable and he called for a full investigation.

Death of child: NGOs urge Suhakam to probe case