IPOH: A couple was so excited when the wife gave birth to a second child – a boy – nine months ago.
But the boy, Muhammad Adam Mikhail Muzameer, is somewhat special.
He was diagnosed with a medical condition known as hydrocephalus.
Hydrocephalus is defined as having excess cerebrospinal fluid build-up within the ventricles (fluid-containing cavities) of the brain and increase pressure in the head.
Over the past few weeks, his head has gotten bigger and doctors said an operation is imminent in order for him to lead a normal life.
Housewife Aina Nadia Khairul Rizal is now at wit’s end as she and her husband can’t afford the operation cost, amounting to some RM22, 000, at a private hospital.
The couple has another child – a two-year-old daughter.
“My husband is a part-time construction worker and earns only about RM1, 600 a month.
“I used to sell cakes to lessen our financial burden but due to the baby’s condition, I need to look after him.
“We tried to apply for financial assistance from government agencies, but because he does not have a birth certificate or MyKid card, we could not proceed, ” she said when met at her home in Kampung Dato’ Ahmad Said in Manjoi here recently.
Aina said she has yet to apply for the documents with the National Registration Department due to his condition.
“We had moved here from Kuala Kangsar so that it would be nearer to bring him to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for check-up twice a month. Prior to moving to Manjoi, we stayed at a flats in Menglembu, ” she said.
Aina appealed for the public to assist them so that he could go for the operation as soon as possible.
Non-governmental organisation Sweet Duha came across Muhammad Adam’s case and decided to assist the family.
Its representative Mastura Meor Razalli said they have made his story viral on social media to seek public donation.
“We are helping the family to raise funds for Muhammad Adam’s treatment.
“So far, we have received many feedback expressing concerns about his condition, ” she said.
Those who wish to help can contact Mastura at 011-3950 2866.
Last month, an eight-month-old baby with similar condition died at the Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz in Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Nur Umairah Jannah Abdul Muhaimin was under the care of her aunt.
Her condition also caught the attention of Prime Minister’s wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, who paid her a visit.