Family: It was not the first time cleaner took so much medication

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  • Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012

MALACCA: She tried consuming a large quantity of pills once before and it provided R.M. Janagi with pain relief and no side effects.

However, last Saturday, the 200 pills she took with the hope of making her chest pain go away left her dead.

Janagi’s brother R. Mugilan, 32, related how she consumed 30 painkillers for chest pain last year and slept for two days without any side effects.

“She wanted to try the same remedy on Saturday to stop the pain after her attempt last year was successful,” he said, relating how the cleaner died to the Chief Minister’s special secretary, Datuk M.S. Mahadevan, who visited the family yesterday.

Mugilan said Janagi felt that her pain could be cured if she slept for two or three days without any disturbance.

Janagi’s mother V. Periama, 64, had tried to stop her daughter from carrying out her “cure” when she related her plan to her on Friday.

Mugilan and Periama realised something was amiss when they saw foam oozing out from the sleeping Janagi’s mouth and immediately rushed her to the Malacca Hospital.

The mother of three, who suffered from hypertension and diabetes, died at the hospital.

She apparently consumed three months’ supply of blood pressure and diabetes medicine prescribed to her by doctors.

Mahadevan said her three children – S. Kanpheswaran, 15, Logeswaran, nine, and Pavithra, eight – were away at their relative’s house in Alor Gajah when their mother died.

Janagi’s husband died eight years ago.

Mahadevan said the state government would assist the children until they complete their tertiary education.

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