MELAKA (Bernama): Ainul Mardhiah, the nine-month-old baby suffering from a germ cell tumour of the mouth, is expected to fly to London, United Kingdom, to undergo further examinations and an operation at a hospital there by Friday (May 24) the latest.
Her father, sundry shop owner Ahmad Safiuddin Ahmad Razak, 24, said detailed preparations had been made and they were only waiting for flight tickets from Malaysia Airlines (MAS), which was sponsoring their journey.
He said two anaesthesiologists from a private hospital here would accompany his wife, Nurul Erwani Zaidi, 24, Ainul Mardhiah and himself to London.
"Thank God, everything is proceeding smoothly. Passports are ready and we are only waiting for the green light from MAS for the flight tickets.
"Maybe, on Thursday night or Friday we will depart for London depending on the availability of seats.
"Dr Nur Amalina Che Bakri, too, has confirmed that a doctor will be waiting at the airport there but she declined to divulge the name of the hospital that will be treating Ainul Mardhiah because it is a secret,'' he told reporters when met at his house in Taman Ayer Molek here Monday (May 20).
Commenting further, Ahmad Safiuddin said that the effort to take his sole child for further examinations in London was a risk his wife and himself must bear but they were placing high hopes for Ainul Madhiah so that she could undergo a normal life like other babies.
He said that they had also been told to always be ready for any possibility that might take place because not only was hope for their child's good heath slim, the operation that might be performed would be a highly risky one.
“Taking her on the flight is also a risk and we are not sure yet if she can undergo an operation or not. It depends on the MRI test that will be done in London because the one done here was not clear,'' he said.
As such, he hoped the people of Malaysia could pray so that their journey as a family, specifically Ainul Mardhiah, was facilitated and she be given a healing miracle.
He also said his family thanked Malaysians for channelling financial aid to them so that their effort to get their baby examined abroad was achieved.
Meanwhile, Nurul Erwani said although Ainul Mardhiah's condition was not like other normal babies, she was easy to manage and did not fret much except when hungry or if she had soiled herself.
Nurul Erwani also personally changed the tracheotomy tube, that enabled her baby to breathe, every two weeks.
She also hoped to see her baby active again and crawling like she did before undergoing chemotherapy at the age of four months. - Bernama