11-year-old boy dies from acute heatstroke

PETALING JAYA: An 11-year-old boy in Kampung Perupok, Bachok, Kelantan, has reportedly died from heatstroke.

The victim, Muhamad Syamil Aqil, was said to have died at 9.27am on Tuesday while receiving treatment at a clinic, according to Sinar Harian.

According to his mother, known as Wanie, an autopsy carried out on the boy confirmed that the cause of death was heatstroke.

“The doctor said his kidneys and heart were ‘burnt’. It was empty inside; the water and blood in his body had ‘dried’ up,” she said at her house in Bachok yesterday.Wanie said her son had been cycling a lot while celebrating the first and second days of Hari Raya.

“On the third day of Raya, he had a mild fever and diarrhoea. I was monitoring his temperature every hour, and it wasn’t high – between 37° and 38°C.

“After dawn on the fourth day of Hari Raya, he became weaker. I told my husband to take him to the clinic, and suddenly he had cramps,” she said.

Muhammad Syamil died at the clinic.

His body was taken to Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II for an autopsy.

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