All for the sake of schoolchildren


Royal visit: Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah (centre) visiting Fariz, who is in the intensive care unit, at Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Baru. Looking on is his wife Hanisah Alias (right).

JOHOR BARU: Ambulance driver Mohd Fariz Anuar put his life on the line when he went to the aid of about 30 schoolchildren affected by toxic gas from Sungai Kim Kim.

The 44-year-old ended up in Sultan Ismail Hospital’s intensive care unit last Thursday, where he lay unconscious for two days, with his wife, Hanisah Alias, 45, waiting patiently by his side.

When he woke up on Saturday, it was the students that were on his mind.

“The first few words that came out from him were to ask if those children were safe. He also asked about our children.

“I told him that he did a wonderful job rescuing all those children and asked him to rest,” said Hanisah, when met by reporters yesterday.

She is grateful that her husband’s condition has improved, although he still depends on a breathing apparatus.

Hanisah said Fariz, who has been an ambulance driver for the past 10 years, had always been dedicated to his work and took pride in helping those in need.

“When I called him on the day of the incident, he told me he needed to go to the school as the children there were sick.

“I told him to take care of himself.

“My husband assured me that everything would be all right and told me he would call me in the afternoon.

“But he never did,” she recalled, adding that she was informed by the hospital that Fariz was in a coma.

She added that the doctors had put Fariz under observation but she was hopeful that he would be discharged soon.

It was reported that chemical waste dumped in Sungai Kim Kim on March 7 caused many victims, including students, to seek medical treatment due to the toxic fumes.

Related stories:

13 Pasir Gudang schools to be closed indefinitely

Illegal dumping turns into a big disaster

Protect state’s water sources, Johor urged


   

Across The Star Online


Air Pollutant Index

Highest API Readings

    Select State and Location to view the latest API reading

    Source: Department of Environment, Malaysia