Siblings die for want of RM40

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PETALING JAYA: Rabies victims Monica Mazlan, six, and her four-year-old brother Jackson, could have been saved if they had RM40 for treatment.

According to the victims’ aunt Doria Agang, 50, the family was just short of that amount which could have saved their lives.

“My cousin-in-law is an odd job worker and my cousin is a housewife. Having six children aged between two and 12, they sometimes face financial constraints,” Doria told The Borneo Post.

“The two children were bitten sometime in April,” she said at the victims’ home in Kampung Paun Rimu Bakung, Serian, yesterday.

She said the children were not sent for treatment due to financial woes, but seemed to be fine until after Gawai Dayak when they started to act strangely.

Doria said the two were sent to the Balai Ringin Health Clinic for treatment but their condition worsened on June 24 when Monica suddenly fell very ill and was admitted to Serian Hospital along with her brother.

“Out of the blue, Monica, who was normally quite shy and demure, suddenly became very alert and talkative,” she said, adding that the girl could suddenly talk in Bahasa Malaysia fluently.

“As for Jackson, he was already unwell after Gawai Dayak and always appeared short of breath.”

Doria said both children were sent to Sarawak General Hospital as their condition worsened.

The two, who were diagnosed with rabies infection, remained in critical condition at Sarawak General Hospital’s intensive care unit and died yesterday.