Subra: Up to police to announce Thaqif’s autopsy

Dr-S-Subramaniam

PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry has forwarded the post-mortem report on the death of tahfiz student Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Ghaddafi to the police and will leave it to the force to inform the boy’s family of the cause of death.

Minister Dr S Subramaniam said this was because the case was still being investigated.

“This is not a normal case. This is a police case.

“All details will be collected as evidence in the police investigation. That is why we forwarded the post-mortem report to the police, and it is now up to them to issue a statement if they think it will not interfere with their investigation.

“In normal cases, the ministry will inform the family on the cause of death,” he told reporters when met at the ministry’s Aidilfitri celebration here today.

Subramaniam said this in response to a statement by the boy’s father, claiming that the family was not informed by the ministry about the cause of death and that they had learnt about it from a reporter.

Yesterday, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that the death of the 11-year-old tahfiz student was due to leptospirosis, not from trauma or injury.

He also said the post-mortem results revealed that the boy’s case was further complicated by skin necrosis (purpura fulminans) and micro blood coagulation (microthrombi) throughout the bloodstream, which caused the change of skin colour and organ failure.

Mohamad Thaqif died at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor on April 26 before a scheduled surgery to amputate his right forearm which had a bacterial infection.

This was after the boy was believed to have been abused by the assistant warden at his school’s hostel.

Prior to that, both his legs were amputated due to same infection.