Arsenic found in doc’s blood

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  • Friday, 25 Nov 2005

SHAH ALAM: A pathologist told an inquest at the Shah Alam magistrate's court that he was puzzled and disturbed that there were traces of arsenic and mercury in the blood of an ophthalmologist who supposedly died of dengue haemorrhagic fever. 

Prof Dr Kasinathan Nadesan, a former consultant forensic pathologist with the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), said he discovered this when conducting a post-mortem on Dr Rajamalika Kandiah to determine the cause of her death seven years ago. 

It was Dr Kasinathan’s post-mortem findings, which had prompted her family to initiate investigations into her death by lodging several police reports. 

This in turn had resulted in the Attorney-General’s Chambers ordering an inquest into Dr Rajamalika’s death. 

Dr Rajamalika, who practised medicine at the Selangor Medical Centre (SMC) in Shah Alam, had sought treatment at the private hospital on Aug 13, 1998 for high fever and dehydration.  

She was transferred to UMMC four days later when her condition worsened. 

The 44-year-old mother of one died on Aug 29. 

Dr Kasinathan, who now lives in Australia, said that Dr Rajamalika’s death was not adequately examined for poisoning, as the autopsy findings were consistent with dengue haemorrhagic fever. 

To a question by counsel D.P. Vijandran, who was holding a watching brief for Dr Rajamalika’s son Bala Saravanan Bala Rajentharen, Dr Kasinathan said he would have personally preferred a clinical toxicologist to determine the cause of death. 

He added that ideally a haematologist should have also interpreted the haematology findings. 

Counsel S. Bala, was holding a watching brief for Dr Rajamalika's second husband, police fingerprint examiner Sivaraj Raja Ratnam, 65. 

Dr Rajamalika’s son Bala Saravanan, 21, a medical student; brother Mohanadas Kandiah, a securities firm dealer in Singapore; and her first husband’s brother Moganakrishnan Rajadurai, a retired deputy superintendent of police, were at the inquest. 

The inquest before coroner Suriyanilakma Abd Kadir continues on Dec 27. 

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