Muhammad Alif Syafiq Zamziba, 18, of Kg Tersusun Kledang Utama, Sg Siput, may have to forgo his chances of sitting for the coming SPM examination if his health continues to deteriorate. The teenager’s right eyeball is almost out of its eye socket. The cause is traced to a cyst growing behind the eyeball. The swelling began almost 10 months ago. It is now the size of a tennis ball and covers almost the whole of Alif’s face. Due to his condition, the boy has stopped attending classes since August last year. He missed the SPM Examination last year and may miss it again if his condition persists.
“I hope to be able to sit for my SPM Examination. How I wish I could be in the field playing football and sepak takraw with my friends,” exclaimed a forlorn Alif. The eldest son of a farming couple, Zamziba Zabidi, 46, and Asarussita Moh Nor, 43, Alif is in the care of his doting parents.
“I’ve high hopes for my eldest son,” said Zamziba. “But when told by the doctors that he has to undergo chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant, it becomes apparent that his condition is critical.” Alif suffers from leukaemia and requires medication and extensive treatment. Due to the nature of his illness, the boy dreads leaving the confines of his home unless going for medical treatment in Ipoh.
Dato’ Zainal Abdidin Omar, CEO of Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) dropped by Alif’s house recently to provide some financial assistance. “Cancer treatment requires money and Alif is no exception. Hopefully, well-wishers would come forward to help the poor boy. Alif’s future is in jeopardy.”
The boy’s parents are not giving up on him. Father Zamziba is resorting to traditional medicines as an alternative. “I am doing whatever possible to find a cure for my son’s illness,” he remarked.
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