Form Four student’s death not due to heatstroke

LABUAN (Bernama) – The recent death of a Form Four student of SMK Rancha-Rancha while competing in a sprint event at her school’s sports day recently was not due to heatstroke.

Labuan Health Department Director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the death of Norsahfiza Jaratin on February 17 was still being ascertained.

“The atmosphere temperature on the island during the sports day was reported at 24 to 31 degrees Celsius, which was below 35.

“The temperature was normal and it was not possible to cause heatstroke,” he said in a statement to Bernama yesterday.

Dr Ismuni’s statement was to clarify postings and videos that went viral on various social media platforms that the student’s death was due to heatstroke in view of the current hot weather.

Norsahfiza, 16, was sprinting in 200m race when she collapsed about 20m from the finishing line.

The incident took place at 8.40am at the Labuan Matriculation College sports field.

Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM) personnel gave her emergency aid before she was sent to Labuan Nucleus Hospital emergency and trauma unit at 9.20am.

“Despite the student’s critical condition, her body temperature was 37.0 degrees Celsius which is the normal human body temperature.”