KUALA LUMPUR: Injured firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim is conscious and able to move his eyes and hands but is still in critical condition due to internal injuries, says Zuraida Kamaruddin.
The Housing and Local Government Minister, who visited Muhammad Adib at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Sunday (Dec 16), said that he still needs time to recover from his injuries but he is in a much better state than when she first visited him.
"I spoke to the family and they are following the doctors' advise to put him back on the Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (vv-Ecmo) system.
"I urge all Malaysians to pray for Muhammad Adib's speedy recovery," she said after the visit.
In a statement on Sunday, IJN said Muhammad Adib has suffered progressive deterioration of his lung function in the last 24 hours.
It said that a thorough assessment showed signs of consolidation and hardening of the lung tissue, thus making gas exchange ineffective.
In view of this and after a multi-discipline team discussion, IJN said, it was decided to reinsert the vv-Ecmo system again at 9pm on Saturday (Dec 15) to assist in his respiratory requirements.
Muhammad Adib was severely injured after being attacked by a mob during last month’s Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple riots.