A 22-year-old Singaporean man died after suffering from acute liver failure caused by an unknown virus. On May 1, Hoo Shuwei came down with a high fever and was later admitted to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). His liver cells started to deteriorate and after a few days, he was diagnosed with liver failure and his kidneys were also affected.
“His kidneys started to fail…..he was sedated and they (doctors) were worried that the brain will swell. There were signs of swelling but it wasn’t that serious,” said Mr Hoo’s brother, Shuyi Fezz. In an e-mail reply, SGH said Shuwei’s condition deteriorated rapidly and he was put on the priority list for transplant.
Unfortunately, he died before a donor was available. SGH added that the type of virus is still unidentified. Doctors advise the public to seek immediate treatment if they suffer from a high fever for more than 24 hours without any other symptoms.