NGO joins call to seek justice for teenager’s death weeks after vaccination

WITH the authorities dragging their feet in the case of the 13-year-old boy who died mysteriously less than three weeks after receiving his COVID-19 vaccine, a human rights group has joined the chorus of calls seeking justice for his untimely death.

The Global Human Rights Foundation president S Shashi Kumar said that Revnesh Kumar was a young and active boy who had never been diagnosed with any form of illness nor been admitted to the hospital for any medical condition.

The teenager had been administered the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Dec 30, 2021 and received his second dose on Jan 20, 2022.

The Vibes reported that on January 16 this year, Revnesh was on the way to karate class when he began vomiting and then collapsed before he was rushed to Kajang Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shashi related that when a forensic specialist from Serdang Hospital was brought it was discovered that while there was no organ damage nor infections, a soft tissue behind the walls of Revnesh’s heart had hardened.

A police report was lodged by Revnesh’s parents at Precinct 7, Putrajaya on Feb 1, 2022 as they believed that their son’s death was related to his first dose of the vaccine.

The issue was first raised by an Indian NGO, Malaysia Tamilar Munnetra Kalagam.

According to the police report sighted by FocusM Revnesh’s mother Vijayamani Govindan alleged that the nurse who had administered the vaccine did not allow her to check or take a picture of the vaccine’s expiry date.

On the cause of death, Shashi noted that the reason listed on the death register certificate stated that the matter is ‘Pending for Laboratory Investigation’ and the parents were informed that it will take six months for the postmortem report to be released.

He went on to point out that it was only when the matter had gained traction on social media that it had caught the attention of Health director-general (DG) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham who went on to release a statement on the matter on Feb 21, 2022.

“At the moment the state Health Department is working closely with the clinicians and a forensic team in the investigation. I have yet to receive the full forensic and pathology reports,” Dr Noor Hisham had tweeted.

According to news reports there have been no deaths in Malaysia directly linked to COVID-19 vaccines and the Health Ministry has repeatedly dismissed related claims since the national youth COVID-19 immunisation programme (Youth PICK) for teenagers aged 12 and above kicked off in September 2021.

Although severe side-effects from the COVID-19 vaccines are possible, deaths linked to the immunisation are extremely unlikely. – Feb 25, 2022

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