IPOH - Noraqila Mohd Azizi's love for her younger brother, Mohd Amar, who was hit by a stray bullet on Monday, knows no bounds. She returned home from Australia yesterday to see him at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital.
Amar, 10, was visibly touched by his sister's presence.
It is understood that a police sergeant was at his mother-in-law's house cleaning his pistol when it went off, hitting the boy.
Noraqila, 22, a second-year medical student at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, said she heard about what happened to her brother from her cousin.
"Initially, I was not worried when told that he only had a nose bleed.
"But when my father told me that the bullet was lodged behind my younger brother's throat, I was stunned and decided to return home."
Noraqila, who is close to her brother, said she and Amar often spoke on the telephone. The last time was last week and he sounded his cheerful self.
"When I met him yesterday, he looked sad but as we spoke, he became cheerful."
Noraqila said she was told by doctors that the surgery to remove the bullet would be risky.
On Wednesday, hospital neurosurgeon Dr Cheang Chee Keong said the medical team was deciding on the best way to minimise the risk.
Amar's father, Mohd Azizi Abdullah Halim, 48, said his son's condition was stable and he could play video games on his handphone.
Amar could also talk to his mother, Salina Mohd Nor, 48, who has been by his bedside since he was admitted.
Perak Tengah district police chief Superintendent Mohammad Fakri Che Sulaiman said the case was being investigated under Section 39 of the Firearms Act 1960.
He said the policeman would be detained if there were elements of negligence.