PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail visited the world’s top shuttler Kento Momota of Japan at the Putrajaya Hospital here Tuesday (Jan 14) and presented him with Malaysian “madu kelulut” (stingless bee honey) to help his recovery.
"I brought ‘madu kelulut’ for him to get better, ” said Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the patron of the Badminton Association of Malaysia when met by reporters at the hospital lobby.
The 25-year-old shuttler suffered multiple laceration wounds to the face and a right maxillary sinus and nasal bone fracture in an accident involving him, his support staff and a Badminton World Federation Hawkeye assistant Monday (Jan 13).
A van ferrying them to the KL International Airport crashed into a slow-moving lorry at KM13.7 of the Maju Expressway at about 4.40am.
The van driver B. Nageswarau, 24, who was pinned to his seat, died at the scene.
Besides Momota, also injured were assistant coach Yu Hirayama, 35 (laceration wounds over the right shin); physiotherapist Morimoto Akifumi, 42 (cerebral concussion and closed fracture) and Hawkeye system operator William Thomas, 30, (laceration wounds over forehead and lower limbs).
Dr Wan Azizah said Momota had an undisplaced nasal bone fracture and time was needed for the swelling to heal.
During her 30-minute visit, Dr Wan Azizah said she was informed that Momota and the three sports officials were well taken care of and receiving the best treatment and attention from the Putrajaya Hospital.
"All of them are in stable condition and recovering, ” she said.
Putrajaya Hospital deputy director Dr Mohd Siv Azhar Merican Abdullah said the hospital had to monitor Momota for one more night.
When asked when Momota would be discharged, he said: "Definitely not today”.
"We still want to monitor him. He is in good hands, don't worry, ” he added. - Bernama
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