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Two UiTM Students Died Because Of Ruptured Blood Vessels In The Head

Two UiTM Students Died Because Of Ruptured Blood Vessels In The Head

They died a day apart and in different states, but some point out that the cause could be the same.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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Nur Natasya Ezreen Azemi, 22 was found unconscious by her housemate on 8 July at 3 am. She was said to have been working on her coursework at a house she rented in Merbok, Kedah at the time. After 11 hours at the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital, on Friday at 2.50pm, Nur Natasya was pronounced dead. 

On Saturday at 5am, Muhammad Adham Hazim, 21 crawled to his parents room in their home in Tepoh, Terengganu. His parents heard his calls for help and took him to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital. At 10.52pm, he died in the hospital’s ICU.

Both students had four things in common: 

  • Both have been complaining of headaches. 
  • Both have been stressed to complete their coursework from home.
  • Both died because of ruptured blood vessels in their head.
  • Both went to Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) – Nur Natasha went to Merbok and Adham went to Jengka.

Was it stress?

On the same Saturday, 10 July, Kosmo reported that the Senior Consultant in Neurology at the Faculty of Medicine, UiTM, Prof Datuk Dr Raymond Azman Ali said that the possibility of blood vessels rupturing due to stress is almost non-existent because the two things are not related to each other.

The story was shared by an administrator of the UiTM Facebook account and was taken down after it received ire from the student community. 

The admin has since taken down the post and issued an apology.

However, most students agree that stress from studying remotely is a major factor.

UiTM’s response

On Sunday, 11 July, UiTM issued a press statement, advising students who are in need of internet services and assisted devices to stay at the college or near the campus and added that all assignment dates have been given with ample lead time, while assessment and evaluation activities are extended until August.

At the same time, the Student Affairs Division and Counseling Unit is ready to give advice to any student in need and they are advised to talk to their lecturers, academic advisor, or program lead to solve any issues.

But some say the statement alone is not enough.

One pointed out that the Student Representative Council had changed Study Week, a week-long holiday for students to catch up, into “Tempoh Cuti Bertenang” to calm the students down.

The issue runs deep

The truth is, what we see might only the tip of the iceberg that is the issues that UiTM students face during the pandemic, as one person pointed out in a string of Tweets.


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