A young boy, barely into his teens, can now look forward to a meaningful future after his plight received the kind of attention his parents have never expected. Eleven year-old Mohd Ihsan Mohd Tahir from Kampong Tengah, Trong suffers from epidermolysis bullosa, a chronic skin condition characterised by peeling skin and open sores. He was born with the ailment and is skinless from the knees below. As a baby he was placed in an incubator and had to endure great pain.
Pantai Hospital Ipoh, in exercising its corporate social responsibility, took Mohd Ihsan under its wing and warded him for observation and treatment. “He’s in the intensive care unit, since Monday, January 25”, said Dr Dilshaad Ali, CEO Pantai Hospital during a press conference at the hospital’s boardroom on Thursday, January 28. “We’ll follow up with treatment at his house upon discharge. Hopefully, NGOs and individuals will come forward to provide the assistance needed”, he implored.
According to the hospital’s consultant dermatologist, Dato’ Dr Ratti, the skin ailment is congenital and is not something rare. “It’s hereditary and may have been passed on by the parents. Both are first cousins”, he revealed.
Kelab Bakti Gunong Keledang had promised a motorised wheelchair for Mohd Ihsan. “We’re focusing on ways to lessen the boy’s misery as a cure is not a possibility”, said Dr Dilshaad.
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