SHAH ALAM — Feb. 21, 2019: A private hospital doctor testified that firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim had bruises on the upper right side of his chest wall, besides having fractures on four ribs.
There was also a cracking sound when he was touched and possibly also collapsed lung or pneumothorax.
According to Dr. M. Nantha Kumeran from the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC), Adib had difficulty breathing, was unconscious and making incomprehensible sounds.
He could not communicate with Adib as he was only making incomprehensible sounds and his level of consciousness was low. Kumeran then ordered for an-X ray, which showed lung contusion.
After one hour of treating Adib, he approached three Indian men who had brought the firefighter to SJMC to ask what had happened. All three said Adib could have fallen from a truck or could have been beaten up.
Adib was critically injured in the temple riot in USJ 25 last November 27 and died on December 17 at the National Heart Institute (IJN).
Another doctor told the inquest the injuries sustained by Adib may not necessarily have been caused by assault
Cardiothoracic consultant Dr. Anand Sachithanandan observed that the injuries on the right side of Adib’s chest may have been crash injuries, due to fall from a height or slashes or acceleration (of a vehicle into him).
When asked by prosecutor Zhafran Rahim Hamzah if he could distinguish if Adib was assaulted or crashed into, Sachithanandan replied it was impossible to be accurate.
“I find it unusual… if it is isolated, normally we expect self-defence wounds but it was not present. Blunt trauma is usually due to a car accident. Often I would expect additional injuries… Similarly we know from our investigation it was confined to the chest. It is somehow unusual to confine to one area (in an assault),” he said.
The doctor said SJMC decided to transfer Adib to IJN for further treatment as they did not have a machine to ease his lung injuries.
The inquest before coroner Rofiah Mohamad continues Monday. — Bernama