Materia Medica Malaysiana

October 18, 2007

Doctor refuses to allow treatment due to media

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 11:05 am

NST: KUCHING: A doctor kept a boy, who needed medical attention, waiting inside the ambulance in front of the Sarawak General Hospital just because he did not want the press to take photographs.
Despite the boy’s parents’ approval for the press to take pictures of their son being taken out of the ambulance, and pleading with the doctor to take their son out, he refused.
The doctor instructed the hospital staff to remain inside the ambulance with the boy, 6, until members of the press dispersed, which they did about 30 minutes later.
The boy was Lok Ching Ming, the young hostage victim who was injured by his uncle in Bintulu on Sept 26.
On that day, the uncle, identified only as Jimmy, 49, had a heated argument with his wife Sulu Endang, 39, in the boy’s house at Taman Lihua.
During the argument, Jimmy who was high on syabu, grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Sulu several times. She ran out and called for help.
Jimmy then took Ching Ming hostage for 16 hours. He locked Ching Ming and himself in a room on the upper floor of the house.
Efforts by police and family members to negotiate with Jimmy failed.
When Jimmy began cutting off the boy’s fingers and shoving them under the door of the room, police rushed in and shot him dead.
According to Ching Ming’s father, Lok Ching Meng, at SGH yesterday surgeons in Bintulu failed to reattach the severed fingers.
“We were told that my son needed further intensive treatment, which was why he was flown from Bintulu to Kuching,” Ching Meng said.

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