We warned Adib not to browse reports on temple fracas, says doctor

Dr Suneta Sulaiman

SHAH ALAM: A doctor who treated fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim at the National Heart Institute (IJN) told the inquest into his death today that she had warned him against browsing through reports about his hospitalisation.

Dr Suneta Sulaiman, who heads IJN’s intensive care unit, said Adib’s team of doctors had agreed to let him use his mobile phone occasionally.

“I told him we have some criteria for his phone usage: he cannot browse the internet too much, and he must cooperate with us for treatment.

“I told him there were a lot of reports about the events that led to his hospitalisation,” Suneta, an anaesthesiologist, said when questioned by conducting officer Zharfan Hamzah on her interaction with Adib throughout his 19-day stay at IJN.

Adib was admitted to IJN on Nov 28. He died of his injuries on Dec 17.

Suneta told the inquest that Adib had indicated through hand gestures and by writing on a white board that he wanted his mobile phone.

“When I explained to him that he was only allowed limited use of his phone, such as to communicate with family members and his fiancé, he nodded his head,” she said.

She said she had communicated with Adib on the use of his phone between Dec 4 and 11, when the fireman was receiving treatment through the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine which aided his lung function.

She said Adib’s condition deteriorated after Dec 14, and that doctors had been forced to increase his medication.

“He appeared to be lethargic and was breathing more quickly. His blood pressure was also unstable,” she said.

“His abdomen became swollen and he was intolerant to the fluids we were feeding him.”

When asked by Adib’s family lawyer, Kamaruzaman A Wahab, whether the fireman had told her anything about the incidents before his hospitalisation, Suneta said she asked Adib about it but he had only shaken his head in response.

The inquest was called by the government amid conflicting claims on the cause of Adib’s death.

He was part of a response team sent from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station on Nov 27 to the Sri Maha Mariamman temple area in USJ 25 in answer to a call that cars had been set on fire.