Petaling Jaya temple land row: Injured fireman showing signs of waking up

Hindu devotees view a burnt car that was flipped upside down during the riot at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya, Selangor, on Nov 27, 2018.
Hindu devotees view a burnt car that was flipped upside down during the riot at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya, Selangor, on Nov 27, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) - Mr Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, the fireman who was gravely injured in the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple fracas, is showing signs of waking up and responding to some verbal commands at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here where he is being treated.

In the latest update on his condition on Thursday (Nov 29) night, IJN said that the 24-year-old was still being kept highly sedated to allow his organs to recover.

"Muhammad Adib continues to show signs of improvement. He is less dependent on medication for his heart, the oxygen settings for the ECMO machine has been lessened but he still requires full support for his kidney. He is currently in a medically induced comatose condition," it said in a statement.

In summing up his condition, IJN said the firefighter remained critical but stable with signs of improvement.

IJN physiotherapists would on Thursday start passive physiotherapy support as part of Mr Muhammad Adib's cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

Earlier on Thursday, Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun maintained that Mr Muhammad Adib was indeed assaulted and not hit by a fire engine in a riot incident near the temple in USJ 25, Putra Heights, early on Tuesday.

The temple committee had claimed that the fireman was mowed down by the reversing fire engine, based on viral videos of the incident.

 

The Fire Department has dismissed the claims and plans to lodge a police report on the matter.