Couple's joy cut short with infant's death

Couple's joy cut short with infant's death
One of the couple's 11-month-old twin boys died in a district hospital on July 3.
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KULAIJAYA - A couple were overjoyed when they had twins after eight years of marriage.

But their happiness was short-lived when one of their 11-month-old boys died in a district hospital on July 3.

Father Loh Chee Choon, 37, said his younger son Kah Tin was an active child who developed fever on July 1.

"We thought it was just normal fever but decided to take him to the hospital on July 3 after his fever failed to subside even after taking medication," he said.

"Initially my son refused to take his medication but later the nurses persuaded and gave him the medication. They refused to allow us (the parents) inside," he said at a press conference organised by Bukit Batu assemblyman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse here.

He said after consuming the medication, the boy started to vomit and started having fits.

"When we told the nurses, they said it was normal for a child who had consumed such medi­cation," he said, adding that four hours later, his son was referred to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital.

"My son was pronounced dead on July 6 due to epilepticus secon­dary to presumed meningitis (fits) and also for not getting enough oxygen to his brain," he said.

He added that a report was lodged at the Kulaijaya police station on July 20.

Puah said officials from the hospitals tried to contact Loh for a discussion but Loh refused as he and his wife Jane Tai, 29, were still in mourning.

"I will write a letter to the state Health Department to seek clarification on this matter and hope that the authorities will carry out further investigations," he said.

When contacted, Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the department had not received any report on the incident but they would investigate the matter as soon as possible.

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