Here's The Truth About What's Going On With Comatose Marathon Runner Evelyn Ang
On Friday evening, 23 February, local media reported that the family of marathon runner Evelyn Ang Loo, who has been comatose since 10 December, has decided to take her off life support
In their reports, the local media had cited Evelyn's sister Caroline Ang, who had posted on her Facebook profile yesterday, "Please say your last goodbyes to her. PM me for ward info. Pray for miracle to keep her alive no matter what Drs say."
In addition to citing Caroline's Facebook page, the local media also reported anonymous family sources saying that doctors had told the family that Evelyn's bodily systems had stopped functioning and placing her on life support was no longer necessary, adding that Evelyn would only survive a few hours without life support.
"Eventually her heart will know that the (body) is not functioning. Her organs have stopped functioning and doctors say she is brain dead.
"She has gone through 11 surgeries and suffered two heart attacks in the last two days. All of us are trying to cope. We are all here. It is going to be a big loss, especially for her parents," the local media reported the unnamed family member as saying.
Evelyn was struck from behind by a car driver while participating in the Klang City International Marathon 2017 on 10 December
Following the media reports that Evelyn had been taken off life support, several family members and friends denied it. And earlier today, 24 February, a member of Evelyn's extended family, Wendy Goh, took to Facebook to clarify that Evelyn is still on life support.
Taking to her Facebook profile, Wendy posted that she feels "compelled" to write about what's going on after reading "all the RIP & condolences messages."
"As of 7.45am on 24 February 2018, Evelyn Ang Loo IS STILL ON life support. Her husband, Dennis, has NO PLANS to turn off / pull out the life support (ventilator). Dennis made it clear that Evelyn will go at her own pace when she is ready," Wendy wrote.
Wendy also clarified that so far, the ultramarathon runner has had "12 surgeries, one angiogram and one unfortunate heart attack"
On the other hand, Evelyn's sister, Caroline, today again took to her Facebook profile to say that "Decision-makers retracted due to public pressure. She lives. P.S. Think I am the hated one now."
Meanwhile, Teoh Thiam Lim, the driver who caused the accident, was on 20 February charged with reckless and dangerous driving under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 in the Klang magistrate's court. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
If convicted, Teoh faces a jail term of up to five years.
A conviction under Section 42(1) will also result in him being fined between RM5,000 to RM15,000 along with the details of the conviction endorsed on his driving licence.
Upon conviction, Teoh will be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for a period of not less than two years from the conviction date.
He was allowed bail of RM5,500 with one surety. Klang magistrate Roslizi Sulaiman has fixed 9 March for the case to be mentioned again.