Surgery to amputate arm of abused boy postponed

Apr 26, 2017

A surgery to amputate the right arm of abused 11-year-old Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi has been postponed due to the boy’s unstable heart condition, according to press reports.

Doctors at Hospital Sultan Ismail in Johor Bahru scheduled the surgery at 8am on Wednesday.

Media quoted the boy’s aunt Dzuraidah Ahmad as saying that the doctors had delayed the surgery as they await Thaqif heart to be more stable.

Thaqif, a pupil at a private religious school in Kota Tinggi, had his legs amputated by doctors last Friday to stop severe infection.

He was suspected to have become ill after allegedly been beaten with a water hose by an assistant warden of the school hostel on March 24.

Thaqif’s legs were badly damaged by bacterial infection.

The suspect has since been remanded.

The tragic plight of Thaqif had even caught the royal attention of Sultanah of Johor, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah.

The sultanah had issued the directive to all mosques and suraus in Johor to conduct special prayers this Friday for Thaqif’s speedy recovery.

She has also directed Johor Health Department to check conditions of other students at the private religious school.