KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 – Forensic experts from the Ministry of Health (MOH) reached a consensus opinion on what killed Revnesh Kumar at age 13, Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
However, the health minister did not state the cause of the sudden death of the teenager last January, 18 days after the boy received his first Covid-19 vaccine dose.
The peer review session among senior consultant forensic experts from the government on Revnesh’s death, which was held on March 8, was headed by Dr Zahari Noor, a senior consultant medical forensic expert and MOH’s chief forensic specialist.
Dr Mohd Suhani Mohd Noor, head of the Forensic Department at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar; Dr Muhammad Shafiee Othman, head of the Forensic Department at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh; Dr Mohamad Aznool Haidy Hj Ahsorori, head of the Forensic Department at Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru; and Dr Khairul Anuar Zainun, head of the Forensic Department at Serdang Hospital in Selangor, were part of the peer review.
The peer review session was conducted at the Forensic Department of Serdang Hospital from 9am till 5pm. The forensic experts studied the report produced by Dr Emizam Mohamadon, forensic specialist from Serdang Hospital, on Revnesh’s death.
“They have announced a consensus opinion,” Khairy mentioned in a press meet today, without specifying what it was.
Khairy said that the report would be submitted to the parents of the late Revnesh at 2.30 pm today.
Dr Emizam, who carried out Revnesh’s post-mortem on January 16, also attended the peer review session.
Khairy, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, and Dr Emizam met Revnesh’s parents on March 4 to discuss the boy’s case with Revnesh’s parents, but could not confirm at that meeting Revnesh’s cause of death.
Revnesh, who received a first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine on December 30, died on January 16 after a sudden collapse.
The teenager did not report any side effects after his jab, according to both MOH and his parents.
Revnesh’s mother Vijarani previously expressed her dissatisfaction with MOH’s failure to identify what killed their teenage son, more than a month after his death.