Girl dies after insect sting


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2004

BY BEH YUEN HUI

BANTING: A 10-year-old girl, who was preparing noodles at her house in Tanjung Sepat, near here, died 15 minutes after being stung by an insect. 

Kuek Yi Ting, a top Year Four student of SRK (C) Tanjung Sepat, was in the kitchen alone while her 15-year-old brother Kuek Chui Feng was in the living room when the incident occurred on Saturday. 

At about 5.30pm, Chui Feng, who heard his sister’s screams, went to check on her and was shocked to see her leg bloated and her face turning white. 

After being told by Yi Ting that an insect, believed to be a bee, had stung her on the right leg, he immediately informed his father See Wan, who was at a neighbour’s house about 20m away. 

The father and son rushed the girl to a nearby clinic. 

However, the doctor, sensing the seriousness of the girl's condition, advised them to send her to Banting Hospital,  

22km away, where she was later pronounced dead. 

 

INCONSOLABLE: Distraught father Kuek See Wan, 46,being held bakc by relatives and friends at the funeral of his 10-year-old daughter Yi ting in Tanjung Sepat yesterday. The girl died 15 minutes after she was stung by an insect on Saturday.

See Wan, 46, said Yi Ting’s body turned black and she went into a coma while they were on their way to the clinic. 

 

“Everything happened so fast. I cannot believe that a bee killed my daughter but I believe that she knew what a bee looked like. 

 

“But I want to know for sure and am waiting for the post-mortem report from the hospital,” the caterer said in a telephone interview yesterday. 

Asked if his daughter could have been bitten by a snake, See Wan said the doctor only found one hole on her leg whereas a snake bite would have left two. 

Yi Ting’s body was cremated yesterday. Her parents, relatives, teachers and friends were tearful when they paid their last respects. 

Yi Ting, the third among four siblings, had always been among the top three pupils in every examination and had received numerous trophies in essay-writing competitions. 

See Wan said: “Her teachers loved her very much. They told me they never scolded her because she was too good. 

“She loved to read. She never asked for toys or new clothes but just books. She simply loved going to book fairs.”  

He said the house was filled with sadness after her death.  

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