Corporate sponsors chip in for Yasmine’s operation


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 11 May 2003

BY KHOO CHIOW LING and NG LAI HOOI

KUALA LUMPUR: Doctors at the Chinese Maternity Hospital (CMH) here have agreed to operate on nine-year-old Yasmine Wa’adi, who lost both legs when US-led forces bombed her house in Al Saab, Iraq on April 9. 

She was brought to Malaysia along with her father, Wa’adi Makhtoor Hassan, early this month following an initiative by the Joint Media Team Malaysia. 

CMH consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr Suppiah Shanmegam, who will head the surgery team, said the operation would be carried out on Tuesday. 

“There are bullet shrapnels in her legs. Before we fit the prosthetic limbs, we need to remove the shrapnels and do some reconstruction surgery,” he said at a press conference before receiving donations from well-wishers. 

SMILING WITH HOPE: Yasmine (right) posing with two of her playmates Hann (centre) and Hazim Norman. Yasmine's leg surgery is scheduled for Tuesday at the Chinese Maternity Hospital.

“Yasmine has shown good improvement and is now using a wheelchair to move around,” said Dr Suppiah. 

He added that she would undergo post-surgery rehabilitation after the operation. 

CMH director S. Kulasegaran said the hospital would do whatever it could for Yasmine as she had become close to their hearts. 

Representatives of sponsors for Yasmine's operation, who were also at the conference, spoke about helping her. 

Communications Suite Sdn Bhd managing director Hasnah Abdul Rahman said many visitors came with presents and toys for the Iraqi girl. 

She said Yasmine planned to take the toys back home to share them with other children who had lost their belongings in the war. 

“This is the spirit of Yasmine and we should share that spirit,” Hasnah said. 

New Straits Times assistant editor Salehuddin Othman said that with a lot of help from caring people, Yasmine is now in good condition. 

Royal Jordanian Airlines sales manager Wilson Chan said they hoped Yasmine could go back home to lead a good life and to do everything other young people wanted to do. 

Britac Berhad executive director Loganathan Ramanujam said they were willing to help Yasmine, as Malaysia is a caring society. 

Myanmar national Adam Htoon, a telecommunications executive who donated RM10,000, also came to see Yasmine with his two children.  

His four-year old daughter, Hanna Nadia, was one of Yasmine’s regular visitors and playmate. 

Also present were representatives from IPTel Sdn Bhd, United Engineers Malaysia, Swiss Garden Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Peace Malaysia.  

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