Teen dies after fainting on first day of school reopening

Body in a morgue. Photo: Katarzyna Białasiewicz
Body in a morgue. Photo: Katarzyna Białasiewicz

A teenage student who appears to be in good health died after fainting on the first day of school reopening yesterday.

The 15-year-old named Amiruddin Naim Ariffin fainted within an hour of arriving at the SMK Seri Mulia school in Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras. He was then rushed to the Canselor Tuanku Muhriz hospital, where he was pronounced dead soon after. 

According to his mother, who only wanted to be known as Nora, Amiruddin had no prior illnesses and appeared healthy when he left for school at around 7am. 

“He didn’t have any underlying illnesses. He was always a healthy boy,” the 51-year-old mother told reporters today. She also saw him walking with his friends to the nearby school. 

“I received a call [from] one of the teachers at 7.50am yesterday informing me that my son had fainted,” Nora said. The mother then fled to the school to check on her son, a Form Three student.

Cheras district police chief Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon has classified the case as a “sudden death.”

“Currently, the case is classified as sudden death. A post-mortem is being carried out by the hospital to identify the cause of death,” he told reporters yesterday. An investigation is underway.

The student reportedly showed no symptoms of illnesses after temperature checks at the school’s entrance, which is part of the standard operating procedures set by the Ministry of Education.

Schools across Malaysia started reopening in stages yesterday after a nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing educational institutions to be closed for three months.

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