12-year-old boy died of septic shock, not heatstroke, says Johor exco member

JOHOR BARU: The Health Department has confirmed that the death of the 12-year-old boy from Kluang was not due to heatstroke as reported by some, says Johor exco member Ling Tian Soon (pic).

In clarifying the matter, the state health and unity committee chairman said the boy was rushed to Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom in Kluang after experiencing a seizure.

"He had earlier suffered from a fever the day before his death, and had been coughing for about three days prior.

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"His death was classified as due to septic shock secondary to meningoencephalitis and has nothing to do with heatstroke as reported," he told The Star.

The meninges are layers of thin tissue that cover the brain, and when both the meninges and brain become inflamed or infected, the condition is called meningoencephalitis.

Ling, who is also Yong Peng assemblyman, said this was based on a full report he received from the hospital.

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He hoped that the public would stop speculating about the matter and cause further confusion.

"I understand that there had been cases of heatstroke of late due to the hot season, which could lead to some misunderstanding due to symptoms similar to those experienced by the boy," he said, adding that the state government was aware that the case had attracted a lot of public attention.

Earlier, a Malay daily reported that the boy, Airiel Syahren Syahrol Azmi from Kluang, died from heatstroke after he was rushed to the district hospital on Monday (May 1).

A family member of the victim said according to hospital documents, the boy died of septic shock secondary to meningoencephalitis.

He said the second of four siblings started showing signs of fever, cramps, vomiting, and incontinence on Sunday (April 30).

Heatstroke has been identified as the cause of death of one of the two recent fatalities involving children in Kelantan.

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