Family hopes to bring student's remains home soon

Family hopes to bring student's remains home soon

BUTTERWORTH - The family of law student Rebecca Melissa Edward who died of unknown causes in England, is hoping to bring her remains home here in two weeks.

Her brother Jeffrey Elvin, 25, said he and his parents, Rev Edward M. John and Selvi Kaur, were currently in Newcastle, England, to make the necessary arrangements.

"The cause of death is still a mystery. The hospital has initially narrowed it down to meningitis but is awaiting confirmation from an independent pathologist."

"They had also initially quoted a minimum of seven to 10 working days and a maximum of up to six months for the investigation results," he said in an interview from England yesterday.

Rebecca, 22, a final year law student of Brickfields Asia College in Kuala Lumpur, arrived in London three weeks ago to pursue her law degree at the Northumbria Uni­versity, Newcastle.

She died of unknown causes on Oct 1, after two days of fever and vomiting.

Rebecca told her parents on Sept 29 that she had been vomiting and had a fever and that she went to the Royal Victoria Infirmary but was discharged with only fever tablets.

The next day, her housemates found her unconscious.

As she was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, they said Rebecca stopped breathing and could not be revived.

Rev Edward said the family met Datuk Mohd Rashidi Hazizi, the Malaysian High Commissioner in London, who has expressed his willingness to assist the family to bring the remains of Rebecca back once the coroner gave his report.

Rev Edward, who is the vicar of St Christopher's Church in Johor Bahru, said the family had put the funeral arrangements on hold until they receive the official death certificate, adding that the funeral would most likely be held at the St James Church in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.

Jeffrey said his sister, who celebrated her birthday on Sept 5, was a bright and spirited person, who enjoyed shopping, taking photos and cooking with friends.

He said one of her favourite quotes posted on her Facebook was: "Life doesn't always go the way you want it, but that's just the beauty of it."

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