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Adib inquest: Pathologist reveals post mortem findings

Adib inquest: Pathologist reveals post mortem findings

KUALA LUMPUR: Pathologist Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi revealed the post mortem findings of Emergency Rescue Medical team member Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim during the inquest. He said that Adib’s right lung was pierced by broken rib bones while testifying at the inquest.

The pathologist had conducted Adib’s post mortem.

He said his external examination found that Adib’s body was still warm, while his skin and eyeballs were yellowish, with signs of internal bleeding under his skin.

Ahmad also told coroner Rafiah Mohamad that he noticed scabs and bruises from the right side of Adib’s chest to his right armpit.

He cited other external injuries including bruises on Adib’s hands and lower right back, a healed scab on his left elbow, and another scab on his right knee.

“There were also two pressure sores on the deceased’s body, on his right buttock and the back of his head,” he said while confirming that it was not due to injuries. He attributed it to Adib being bedridden for three weeks.

His internal examination found no injuries on the skin on Adib’s scalp, and no cracks on his backbone and skull base. However, he said Adib’s brain was swollen.

He added that the brain, usually grey, black, white and red, was also green because of a reaction to a methylene blue injection which is used when the body is unable to deliver oxygen.

He also revealed that the broken tips of the fourth and fifth ribs had pierced Adib’s right lung.

The inquest into Adib’s death, on its 16th day, was called by the government this year amid conflicting claims on the cause of the fireman’s death after he showed up at the Seafield riots.

Adib, 24, was part of the Emergency Medical Rescue Services sent from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station to the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple on Nov 27. He is believed to have been attacked there.

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