Father Seeks Help

A father’s hope for the well-being of his eldest son remains strong despite the teenager having undergone seven brain surgeries.

Mohamad Shakirin Abdul Rahman, 39, father of Muhammad Aqil Khairin, 17, has come to accept his son’s fate. Aqil suffers from right subdural empyema, a bacterial infection that affected his brain, six months ago.

“Doctors are unable to identify the cause of the infection. He’s a cheerful and happy youngster.

“Aqil was found to suffer from the complication when he complained of a persistent headache that lasted for three weeks. One day he fainted and convulsed uncontrollably. He was rushed to Hospital Batu Gajah and then to Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh for treatment.

“It was then confirmed that Aqil has bacterial infection in his brain which causes severe damage to his nerve cells. He has undergone surgeries to remove the accumulated pus,” the father told Ipoh Echo when met in his house at Halaman Pengkalan Sentosa, Lahat on Tuesday, January 2.

Aqil is a student of Sekolah Menengah Sultan Yusof, Batu Gajah and will sit for his SPM at the end of this year. He is the only boy among five siblings the youngest being Nurul Khairin Yasmin Zulaikha, 1.

According to the father, he is currently receives RM700 worth of donation from the school’s parent-teacher association and Baitulmal in the form of disposable diapers and milk powder.

“I am worried about Aqil’s condition, as to date there hasn’t been any visible changes in him. The medical cost is another factor. Aqil needs Ensure milk for consumption. A tin will last three days,” he said.

“I hope members of the public will help out. I’ve just started working following three months unpaid leave to help my wife care for Aqil and the kids,” he added.

Readers wishing to help can credit money into Maybank savings account: 1582 7503 7879 in favour of Puan Fairull Hayati Khairul Anuwar (Aqil’s mother). Aqil’s home address: No. 15, Laluan Sentosa 3, Halaman Pengkalan Sentosa, 31500 Lahat, Perak.

Rosli Mansor

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