Hospital honours former rehab patients

Hasihin (centre, with neck tie) was among several former patients honoured by Hospital Sungai Buloh.

HOSPITAL Sungai Buloh is proud of several former patients who have successfully undergone rehabilitation to achieve success as Paralympians and entrepreneurs.

The hospital celebrated the International Day of Persons With Disability to recognise them for being role models and an inspiration to others.

In 2009, Hasihin Sanawi became paralysed from the waist down after a worksite accident and thought life was over.

After undergoing rehabilitation at the hospital, he became the first Malaysian to win a silver medal at the 2012 London Paralympics in archery.

“I was a labourer at a construction site and after I became disabled, I was so depressed that I did nothing for five years.

“My life changed for the better with the help of doctors at the hospital.

“In fact, the head of the department encouraged me to join the Paralympics.

“The day after returning home, I came to the hospital to show them my medal and thank the medical personnel personally,” said Hasihin who received the Excellence Award 2017.

The hospital’s Rehab Medicine Department head Dr Akmal Hafizah Zamli said they hope that all their patients would reintegrate into society.

“Most of our patients have severe disabilities.

“In a year, we receive about 40 new cases and of that, 40% will show good progress.

“For the rest, rehabilitation takes longer as they need a lot of support both from their family as well as emotional and psychological help.

“Some of the patients may have multiple disorders and take a longer time to recover,” said Dr Akmal.

Henna artist and entrepreneur Norfazira Jamhari, 28, born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, was also lauded for her achievements.

Mother-of-two Khaw Ai Leng, 51, sustained a spinal cord injury after a fall in 2014.

Khaw can now walk with assistance and is a kindergarten teacher who is also active in social work.

Other former patients who were recognised included Mohd Norhazwan Che Noh, Nor Hazwan Che Noh, Fatin Zaiha Zainol, Mohd Ryza Zakaria and Jumaiyah Hamzah.

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