17yo boy from Kuching dies from Covid-19 due to congenital brain disorder

Dr Sim talking about Covid-19 in a live streaming session.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Aug 28: The unvaccinated 17-year-old boy from Kuching who was among three Covid-19 fatalities yesterday suffered from congenital brain malformation, a brain defect or disorder that develops in the womb and is present at birth.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, while saddened over his death, said this disorder was the cause of the teenager’s misfortune.


“Yesterday (Aug 27), among the three Covid-19 death cases was a 17-year-old boy who did not get the chance to be vaccinated.

“He was also unfortunate to have this congenital malformation in his brain, thus his condition deteriorated to Category 5 as soon as he was infected with Covid-19,” he explained during Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng’s Facebook live session today.

A Category 5 patient is known to have developed lung diseases and requires breathing assistance through ventilators, upon infection.

According to reports by SDMC, the young victim who tested positive on Aug 25 and passed away at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) also had epilepsy.

Meanwhile, the other two fatalities recorded yesterday involved a 66-year-old male from Song and a 78-year-old male also from Kuching who had no comorbidities. — DayakDaily