JOHOR BARU: A woman with down syndrome was rescued from starvation after her elderly mother died five days earlier in their house.
At about 11.10 pm on Saturday, the woman’s 27-year-old brother had called out for his mother when he went to the house.
Johor Baru North OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Taib Ahmad said, “When he received no response, he climbed up the house grill and saw his 63-year-old mother lying motionless in the living room.”The son immediately called 999 for help, he added.
“The Fire and Rescue Department helped open the door and the man found his 22-year-old Down Syndrome sister in a bathroom, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
The woman is now under the care of her brother.
According to ACP Mohd Taib, the checks on the deceased, identified only as Chiong, found that she had been dead for about five days.
“According to the son, they last met on Sept 30. His mother was in good health at the time.”Living with the special needs daughter, it is believed that Chiong seldom gets visits from others, he said.
Chiong’s body was sent to Hospital Sultanah Aminah for a post-mortem. The case has been classified as sudden death.
The department dispatched nine personnel in one vehicle and one Emergency Medical Rescue Services unit to the house in Taman Impian Emas, Larkin Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Saifulizam Mohd Salleh said.
“We found the woman in the living room and the daughter was in one of the bathrooms where she was in a state of extreme hunger and thirst, ” he said.
Rescue personnel immediately provided liquids for the dehydrated woman.
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