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Published: Friday April 27, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday May 27, 2013 MYT 1:28:52 PM

NS trainee in coma dies

NILAI: Nineteen-year-old A. Tamilarasi who slipped into a coma after a bout of fever while undergoing national service training at a camp in Port Dickson in February last year has died.

The only daughter of former lorry driver K. Anandan, 42, and housewife A. Krishnamary, 41, died at the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital on Wednesday evening. She had been warded for high fever.

Tamilarasi, who was in the hospital for more than a year, had been in semi-comatose state and relied on a ventilator to help her breathe.

Doctors, who failed to diagnose her illness, said her chances of recovery were remote.

Anandan said Tamilarasi was discharged in February after doctors did not see any improvement in her condition.

“We had to bring her home as there was no other option. We cared for her the best we could. She fell ill again on Tuesday and was warded but died the next day,” said Anandan at his home in Taman Desa Cempaka near here.

Anandan said they had only been feeding milk to Tamilarasi since she first fell ill.

Tamilarasi enrolled at the PDS Resort NS camp in Pasir Panjang, Port Dickson, on Jan 2, 2010 but fell ill a fortnight later.

Anandan was shocked to see his daughter's condition when he went to bring her home for the Chinese New Year holidays and admitted her to a hospital on Feb 8, last year. She slipped into a coma.

Anandan even lost his job then as his wife and he had to take turns to look after Tamilarasi.

“My two boys, aged 20 and 16, were already working to help make ends meet. We had no choice as we had taken loans to look after Tamilarasi,” he said, adding that it cost the family RM200 a week to buy a special formula and diapers for their daughter.

“As far as I am concerned, my daughter fell ill while she was undergoing NS training. Someone has to be responsible for her death.”

Tamilarasi was buried at a Christian cemetery in Sg Pelek, Sepang.

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