‘That was the last time I saw him’


Bereaved: Fung (right) said her husband only had mild throat irritation when they both went into quarantine but his condition deteriorated suddenly and he succumbed a week after being warded in an ICU.

GEORGE TOWN: Property consultant Michael Geh and his wife went into the low-risk Covid-19 centre in Penang as patients with mild symptoms but only one left when he succumbed to the deadly disease.

Geh spent only two days at the low-risk Covid-19 centre before he was admitted to the Penang Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).

Recalling how fast Covid-19 killed her husband, Celia Fung Fui Ling, 54, said they both tested positive on May 4 and were taken to be quarantined at the Mara Excellence Centre in Jawi the following day.

“Geh only had a mild symptom of throat irritation. No fever or cough, and we walked in like ordinary people. The crowded hall with almost 200 people was hot and humid.

“He and I were separated as the patients are separated by gender.

“We managed to see each other for 10 minutes along a staircase. That was the last time I saw him, ” she said, sobbing in grief during a phone interview yesterday.

When Geh grew short of breath suddenly at the quarantine centre, medical officers sent him to the Penang Hospital on May 7.

“He was taken to the hospital in the morning and transferred to the ICU that same afternoon.

“Although there are private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, we decided that he should receive treatment at Penang Hospital because it’s the most experienced in handling Covid-19 cases and we did not want any further delay.

“Oxygen was given to aid breathing but four days later, on May 11, he took a turn for the worse and his oxygen levels kept dropping.

“Tests conducted by doctors found that the disease had damaged his blood circulation and major organs such the kidneys and heart. He had to be intubated.

“Just before being intubated, he called me on the phone to speak, and I could hear that his voice was so weak, ” said Fung.

Geh, one of the country’s foremost property consultants, passed away at age 57 on Saturday.

Fung said when the family claimed Geh’s personal belongings, they found the medication given to him at the quarantine centre, which he had not taken.

“Geh worked himself to death.

“He was so busy attending to calls and work even at the centre to the extent that he forgot to take his medication, ” she said.

A former student of St Xavier’s Institution here, Geh was a registered valuer and real estate agent and senior partner of Raine & Horne International Zaki and Partners Sdn Bhd.

Besides being a regular at property conferences and speaking circuits around the world, he was well known in property circles and his views were much sought-after by associations and governments.

His body was cremated at the Batu Gantung crematorium on Sunday.

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