KUALA KUBU BARU: There is light at the end of the tunnel for one of the five senior citizens rescued from an abandoned old folks home.
Known only as Jessica, her ordeal could end soon as two men claiming to be her younger brothers, have come forward to take her home.
S. Arokiam, 48, said he had been searching for his sister since they were separated almost 10 years ago.
“My sister has been bedridden since birth and my mother had been taking care of her.
“However, my mother was getting older. She could not manage to care for Jessica, so she was sent to a welfare home about nine years ago,” said the security guard at the Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital on Friday.
Jessica was one of the five aged people found inside a deserted house in Taman Wahyu with no water supply on Jan 12.
Apparently, they had been living there for several months. The place was full of garbage and Jessica was in an emaciated state.
Except for one woman who has since been reunited with her family, the rest are still in the hospital.
Arokiam said that shortly after sending Jessica to the welfare home, he lost contact with his sister.
His mother, due to her advanced age, also could not recall where the home was located, he said.
“I only got to know what happened to my sister after seeing photographs in the newspaper.
“I want to bring her home with me as my children are all grown up and I can take care of her now,” he said.
Arokiam said that it was an irony that Jessica had actually been living quite close by all this while.
“I live in Bandar Baru Sentul and she was in Taman Wahyu. So close, yet so far,” he said.
He said that his sister was the second child out of seven siblings, and identified her as Jacintha.
Arokiam was at Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital with his younger brother, S. Pusparaj, 42, to have their blood taken for a DNA test to help establish Jessica’s identity.
National Registration Department intelligence unit coordinator Mokhzan Arif Mohd Yusof, who oversaw the process, said he would request the Chemistry Department to expedite the test so that Jessica could be reunited with her family as soon as possible.
“Usually, it can take up to a month to get the results but we are trying to get it done within 10 days,” he said at the hospital.