Celebrity couple join in visit to lift spirits of young patients

Lisa Surihani and Yusry chatting with one of the paediatric patients during the visit by K4K (Kids For Kids) at Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s paediatric ward. — Photos: SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

SMILES lit up the faces of young patients at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) as students and teachers from the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) threw them a party at the paediatric ward on Saturday.

The party organised by the ISKL Kids for Kids Club (K4K) and co-sponsored by Jovian Couture aimed to uplift the spirit of the kids warded at the hospital.

The visitors included celebrity couple Lisa Surihani and Yusry Abdul Halim.

ISKL community partnership director Julie James said the K4K club members would visit the young patients every Saturday and hold a party once every year for them.

“We decided to make it a routine for K4K students to make a visit the children’s ward. It also serves as a good opportunity for students to gain first hand experience of working in a hospital as some of them have plans to further their studies in university to become doctors or nurses,” said Julie.

K4K president Yeseul Kwon (second from right) and her friends cheering up a young patient with a toy.
K4K president Yeseul Kwon (second from right) and her friends cheering up a young patient with a toy.

She added that by observing how the medical staff interacted with the patients had given the students a better understanding of those working in the medical field.

K4K president Yeseul Kwon, 18, said though it was tiring to organise the event, there was great relief and joy to see to see the smiles on the childrens’ faces at the party.

“I have always been a participant in the previous years but this was my first as the organiser. It was challenging but thankfully I have some great friends and teachers who helped me,” she said.

Zuraini Stota said the frequent visits from the K4K members helped to cheer up her 14-year-old daughter Nur Zulaika.

“My daughter suffers from an ovarian malignant cancer and has been staying in the ward since last October. Every time she goes for her treatment, she experiences vomiting, pain in her chest, lack of appetite and many more,” she said.

“However, she often looks forward for the day K4K students would visit her. She enjoys talking and laughing with them,” Zuraini added.

The children’s day was highlighted with performances by the ISKL students singing classic Disney songs, clowns performing balloon tricks, Korean traditional music performance, a feat of violin that plays the Rasa Sayang tune and a dance performances by the nurses.

The party proceeded with the children and students playing together in colouring activities and face painting.

The event concluded with goodie bag handouts by the students and celebrities.

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