KLANG: Sister Ramlah Hassan was working at her usual post in Ward 5B of the Tengku Ampuan Hospital when word got to her about a cancer-stricken patient crying in a ward nearby.
In Wad 3, Low Lay Huah sat alone crying in her bed, stricken with fear about going for her first chemotherapy session to fight the dreaded cancer that had already taken her left breast.
Horrible tales about going bald, expensive post-treatment medication and painful mouth ulcers sapped her usual cheerfulness.
She was confused until Ramlah went over to soothe her.
The bespectacled 54-year-old nurse gave Low, who is 10 years older, a gentle smile and held her hands.
“She is very nice,” said Low, from Jalan Kapar here. “She did not hurry away but spent time listening to me.
“She advised me to eat lots of fruits and to take eight cups of water every day.
“She made me feel less scared.”
Ramlah thought nothing about the nice words about her.
“As Muslims, our calling is to help those in need, more so in the month of Ramadan,” she said.
“Low is the brave soul – she has fought to live for the past 15 years. It is humbling to see her strength and I am thankful to be healthy.”
“Even the small act of keeping our mouth shut means a lot to the sick. No one likes to have their condition publicly announced to the neighbourhood,” said Ramlah.
She urged those who have time to spare to sign up as volunteers to help in chores like driving the sick to hospitals, helping in fund-raising or just lending an ear to bedridden patients.
Ramlah said abstaining from hunger and thirst during Ramadan was not difficult when one's attention is focussed on others.
“The satisfaction one gets from helping others feeds the soul. It is a blessing to be healthy and to be able to spread happiness to those in need,” said Ramlah, who is also a committee member of Hospice Klang.
“Many people say they want to help but could not spare the time. What if one day when we need somebody, there's no one around to help us.
“And in our dire need, other people will say sorry because they are just too busy to help. Wouldn’t that be sad?” she asked.
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