Monday, May 23, 2011

Struggling to accept loss of leg

Mohd Irwan Zakaria, 33, lost a right leg in the landslide.

KUALA LUMPUR: Two survivors from Saturday's landslide horror both lost a leg in the tragedy.

Zulhairi Aminuddin, 12, had his left leg amputated from the knee while Mohd Irwan Zakaria, 33, lost his right leg.

The two, together with a 28-year-old man, are warded at Ampang Hospital's intensive care unit (ICU). They are said to be out of danger.

The third victim suffered head injuries. The three were among the nine survivors of Saturday's landslide.

Irwan's mother, Hasanah Jamian, 57, said her son was trapped in the rubble for eight hours before he was rescued.

"His leg, which had been crushed by large boulders, could not be saved by the time they got him out," she said yesterday.

Hasanah said Irwan, a volunteer educator at the orphanage, was normally a strong-willed man with a kind heart.

"But when he realised his right leg was missing, he started panicking and just wanted to jump out of bed.

"The doctors said his physical condition was stable but he was struggling to come to terms with the loss of his leg."

Irwan, like the other two in ICU, had regained consciousness and basic motor-skills but is under sedation. 

Another survivor, Mohd Harris Izzidin, 11, said he heard his seniors yelling "run" before everything was swept away by a flood of mud.

"I ran with my friends towards a door, away from the hills, but it was too late," a battered and bruised Harris said. - nst

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