School unsure where Thaqif contracted fatal disease


PETALING JAYA: The Madrasah Tahfiz Al-Jauhar is dumbfounded over the health ministry’s forensic report which found that its student Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi had died of leptospirosis, a disease known to be brought about by rat urine.

Its principal Mohammad Afdhaluddin Ismail told FMT he was unable to respond because Thaqif was admitted to the hospital 21 days after he stopped attending the Quran recitation boarding school in Kota Tinggi, Johor.

Afdhaluddin said he was unsure when the 11-year old had contracted the ailment, adding that he could have been taken to hospital when his condition became serious some two days after being hit.

He however did not deny the possibility that Thaqif could have been infected in the school’s premises.

“God alone knows,” he said when contacted today.

Thaqif was admitted to the Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru, for leg injuries allegedly sustained after being assaulted with a rubber hose by a 29-year old assistant warden, said to be an ex-convict, at the school.

The injuries caused his legs to become infected, following which they had to be amputated.

Doctors wanted to amputate his right arm, which was also infected, but he died on April 26 before this could be done.

Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had earlier today said the forensic investigation on Thaqif found that he had succumbed to leptospirosis.

He said the death was not due to trauma or physical injury as has been made viral in social media.

He added that the autopsy, which was conducted on the same day that Thaqif died, had extracted tissue and blood samples that were later sent to the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) and the ministry’s chemistry department for analysis.

“The cause of death was leptospirosis and it was complicated with a condition of skin necrosis and microthrombi (blood coagulation) in the entire blood-flow,” he said.

“It led to change in skin colour and failure of the organs in functioning,” he added.

The case had been classified as murder. The suspect was released on a RM200,000 court bond on May 3.

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