Former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, paid a visit today to fireman Adib who was seriously injured in the fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ 25, Subang Jaya, last week.
The couple arrived at the National Heart Institute (IJN) at 11am and spent about half an hour with Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, who remains in critical but stable condition.
When met by reporters later, Najib said Adib had been conscious and aware of his visitors.
“He gave the thumbs-up sign for the first time. It is a very significant improvement.
“I pray his condition will improve,” he said, adding that Adib had been able to hear although he still could not speak.
Rosmah said she was grateful that Adib was getting better.
“I pray he will fully recover in time for his wedding on Dec 21,” she said, adding that as a mother, she empathised with what his family and fiancee were going through.
Meanwhile, IJN has requested for visitation restriction for the injured firefighter for the next 48 to 72 hours.
In a statement today, IJN said this was to allow him to undergo his regimental physiotherapy session uninterrupted and at the same time to reduce the risk of cross-borne infection by the visitors.
“Although Muhammad Adib has made progressive recovery, he is still considered to be critical since two of his organs (lungs and kidney) still require support system (VV-Ecmo and Dialysis),” said the statement.
According to an update from IJN, Adib’s heart is functioning well on its own and his left lung has shown early signs of recovery.
Nevertheless, his kidney still requires support from a dialysis machine although his renal blood parameters have improved.
He’s now undergoing pulmonary rehabilitation and limb exercise with a physiotherapist.