“If seeking sympathy is the only way to ensure my children’s wellbeing, so be it.” That is how enduring a father’s love is for his two sick children.
Rohfizan Abd Karim’s five-year-old daughter, Nur Iman Nasuha is now confined to the living room of their house after being confirmed as having leukaemia by the Pathology Department, Hospital Kuala Lumpur last January. “She has undergone six chemotherapy sessions. I don’t know what’s going to happen to her next,” he said.
“I’m thankful that my wife is working. At least our children’s treatment can be covered, even if it’s just a bit. We’ve to limit our expenses to focus on their health. We want nothing but the best for them,” he added.
Having to take care of his two ill children, Rohfizan, 38, cannot focus much on his work. He earns RM350 a month cutting grass.
His youngest son, Mohd Fitri Firdaus who is five months old is having problems with his spinal cord. Due to this, his right leg is disabled. “What worries us most is that if the hole near his anus grows bigger and if not treated immediately, it’ll cause complications. As of now, he’s under doctor’s observation and will get the desired treatment.”
His wife, Norfadzillah Pak Adib, 28, is a healthcare assistant at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh. They do not earn enough to pay their children’s medical bills. However, they are receiving help from National Cancer Council who gives them RM150 every month for Iman’s treatment. They also receive a monthly stipend of RM250 from Baitulmal.
Their eldest daughter, Nurfarah Najwa, 11, who is schooling in Sri Kepayang and their 3-year-old son, Mohd Aqil Mustaqim are lucky. They are healthy.
Any form of assistance from readers is welcome. Those wishing to donate can do so by crediting your money into Norfadzillah Pak Adib’s Bank Simpanan Nasional account 08243-41-00005722-4 or visit them at their home at A-10-2 Pangsapuri Sri Kepayang, Jalan Ghazali Jawi, 31400 Ipoh.