A tale of two post mortems

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Remember A Kugan, who died in police custody?

Well, he died as a result of “acute renal failure due to rhabdomyolysis due to blunt trauma to skeletal muscles,” an independent second post mortem has revealed. In layperson’s language: kidney failure as a result of repeated beatings. More accurately, his death was due to his muscle cells disintegrating into his bloodstream and absorbed by the kidney, which led to kidney failure.

His body also had severe burn wounds including those caused “by the repeated application of heat with an instrument or object with a triangular surface, causing multiple V-shaped imprint burn wounds on the skin of back”.

The pathologist who conducted the independent second post mortem also detected severe hemorraging and blood clots. Check out the post mortem report here by Dr Prashant N Samberkar, Department of Pathology, University of Malaya.

Those responsible for Kugan’s horrific torture and death have a lot to answer for. The authorities must also outline the steps they are taking to ensure such incidents do not recur.  Setting up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission would be a step in this direction.

Amazingly, the findings of the second post mortem report are so different from the first. The Serdang Hospital personnel who conducted the first examination must now explain why all this was not detected or highlighted in their post mortem report. Fluid in the lungs? How many other post mortems have there been like this?

What have you got to say, Serdang Hospital?

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linpeh49

The first postmortem which indicated that the detainee died of “pulmonary oedema” of fluid in the lungs is probably correct. Pulmonary oedema can result from many causes. Pathologists will tell you that amongst the known causes are severe physical trauma,and injury to the brain. Looking at the extent of physical injuries like those of the muscles, the bleeding into the brain, the injuries to the back of the neck (where the vital centres of the brain are situated) it is not difficult to understand why the deceased should have developed pulmonary oedema. What is incomprehensible is the failure of the… Read more »

cck7650

i suggest we all right to the ministry of health to demand an answer!!!

Peter

In Bolehland having the best evidence is NOT what matters. So like everything else Kugan’s case will be swept under the carpet. The Serdang Hospital director is not spinning a new tale. The Polis Raja di Malaysia will spin around and drag this for eternity. Interestingly, did you notice they are only going to take action at the end of March. Seems to me everything these days will happen after end of March. After the …. and his fat wife gone through their “coronation”. Why am I so pessimistic about Kugan’s case, well just look at how Lingam who was… Read more »

sarah

Kugan’s family and lawyers must now make a report to the MMA and MMC’s Medical Ethics commitee. The pathologist (apparently) performed a very shoddy and blatantly deceitful post mortem. She should not be allowed to get off free. In a case of suspicious death, there is no such thing as an external post mortem of only the upper half of the body. Didn’t she question why the patient had pulmonary edema? Didn’t she see the burn marks on the back? Ironic isn’t it that it is the expariate doctors like Mohd Osman and Prashant who have such high professional standards?… Read more »

ICE

All the comments above are more than enough to convene a Royal Commison into the detah and nail each and everyone from the IGP to the doctors in Serdang Hospital…IPCMC must be immediately approved.

lizzie wong

It broke my heart to read of the torment that Kugan had to endure for 5 days….. Without a doubt,what was done to him, would not be right even if it’s done to an animal!!!

What we can do now is pray for justice to be served on those guilty of this wickedness.

anna brella

If this awful incident had happened anywhere else in the civilised democratic world, the Home Minister and police would have taken immediate action to arrest the perpetartors and bring them to justice, and just as importantly, to begin a damage limitation pr exercise to limit damage to the police force’s reputation, image and public standing. If nothing had been done, as is evidenced by this case in Malaysia, the public would have demanded and almost ceratinly got the heads of the chief of police and probably also the Minister in charge of the police. But in Malaysia civilised democratic life… Read more »

peacekeeper

Very soon this Dr Prashant N Samberkar, Department of Pathology, University of Malaya (could) disappear…
NFA (no further action)?
The first post mortem shall remain valid then!!

HJ Angus

Even if his arm was twisted, he or she must confess why it was done and that could be a mitigating factor in the sentencing.
This second post-mortem is as good as a “smoking gun”… and the AG still needs more delay before anyone can be charged?

Gadfly

If Kugan’s violent death does not result in fundamental reforms in prevention of custodial deaths, what will?

flyer168

– Parliament, Dewan Rayaat, Dewan Negeri, Democracy & Rule of Law…all ‘(undermined)’….. OK, – Seige of Federal Parliament & Now the Perak State Government Building in IPOH by PDRM & FRU….OK – Gutter Politics….OK, – Law of the Jugle….OK, – State Secretary issues instructions to “Seal the Secretariat Building & Bar the Dewan Speaker & Assembly members from entering….OK – Witnesses PI Bala, Helmi, etc Missing….OK, – Money Politics & Corruption…..OK, – ….& more! – In the last few years we have so many 1st time & So Many Times Real Stories for “Movie Block Buster Box Office Titles” to… Read more »

sickeningmalaysia

Maybe it is not the fault of the Doctor. As usual if it involves those in power, things (could have been) done “under duress”…

DAP man

… that doctor who did the first postmortem (could have been) arm twisted…

KM

Whatever a suspected criminal did, he or she shall be treated as human. My condolences to late Kugan’s family.

All I can say, GOD helps Malaysia. …

old raintree

… so long we the DUMBOS continue to vote year after year the BN/UMNO Circus team.

We deserve it..stupid!

Avathar

Why are you idol worshipping the criminals as i dont understand you people, you want the crime rate to go down and now you all wnat to hentalmthe police! Not fair!

Remember Hamid & the Police Chief some time ago did a boria to the Malaysian. Now I am asking are all you, are you prepared to lodge a nationwide report against the police & Hamid?

Over to you readers & rakyat!

ABM

This Bad News Govt is maing Malaysia into a Failed state – and Najib will make it worse!
We need to vote it out!

dorjee

The doctor who had conducted the 1st post mortem should be charge with abetting in committing a murder.

Vic

I would not be surprised if the doctor who conducted the second post mortem is removed from his teaching post. Anything can happen to individuals who speak the truth. Forget about reporting to MMC … We netcitizens can make as much noise as we want in net but it will never reach the rest of the 17 million people whom have no access to the truth. Coffee shop tales carries more weight when it comes to our malaysians. So start talking about the issues in the coffee shops someone will definately over hear the conversation and knowing our malaysians, the… Read more »

eaglewings

So now we even have liars in the medical profession? Even they condone (abuse of power). This is a major outbreak of disease in Malaysia now. (So many) departments (appear to be) corrupted. Phew!

Johnny Cheah

ACTION HAVE TO BE TAKEN AGAINST THE SERDANG HOSPITAL PATHOLOGIST, THERE IS NO 2 WAYS ABOUT IT. HE IS A DISGRACE TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION. BUT WAS HE ASKED TO DO THIS? SOMEBODY MUST GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS FIASCO. TO ME, SOME HEADS MUST ROLL. MY FOREIGN FRIENDS HAVE BEEN GIVING ME HEADACHE BY ASKING ME TONS OF THINGS HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY. I FEEL SO ASHAMED WHETHER TO TELL HIM THE TRUTH OR TO LIE TO HIM

Das

Het Guys, ladies and gays!

Let the next GE and or by election come and let’s teach BN/UMNO a lesson of their life time!!!!!!

Don’t waste time! When PR gets into Putrajaya let them expose the dirt BN/UMNO has hidden the last 50 years….now! that will be interesting to see and read, wouldn’t it?! I FOR ONE CAN’T WAIT!!!!

Das

malaysiabolih

In Malaysia this will be swept under the carpet . You dont believe me give a few motnths and no one will talk about this

KongKor

What is the MMA going to do about the doctor who first perform the autopsy?

kittykat46

Yes, the Doctor who “kautim” the first Autopsy report (“Water in Lungs” aka Pulmonary Edema ) should be struck off the Medical register. He is a disgrace to his profession.