Malaysian doctor in Dublin still in critical condition after fall into ravine

Malaysian doctor in Dublin still in critical condition after fall into ravine
A photo of Glendalough Valley in County Wicklow.

PETALING JAYA - A Malaysian doctor in Dublin remains in critical condition after falling into a two-metre deep ravine during a cycling trip on Sunday.

A local English daily reported that Dr Zekri Hashim, 40, lost control of his bicycle near a bend while going downhill at Glendalough Valley in County Wicklow.

"As of last night, there has not been much improvement," said a spokesperson at the Malaysian embassy in Ireland when contacted on Tuesday.

Though Dr Zekri remains in a coma, his fingers moved and eye pupils reacted when stimulation was applied during tests by his doctors.

The fall caused him to suffer severe head injuries, internal injuries, bruises and other minor wounds to his face and body.

A few Irish cyclists, who witnessed the accident, had helped to pull him out of the ravine.

His four friends on the same cycling trip were far behind him and only learnt of what happened later.

The accident, which occurred 60km from Ireland's capital city, required Dr Zekri to be airlifted by a helicopter to the St. James Hospital in Dublin.

He is currently warded at the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where his wife, three-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter remain by his side.

"We did a special prayer, solat hajat, for him at the Malaysian Hall in Dublin last night. His friends from the Kembara cycling club have provided great moral support to his family," the spokesperson added.

Dr Zekri has resided in Dublin for over 15 years, and serves at one of the hospitals in the city.

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