PETALING JAYA: It had been a distressing time for police officer Azizi Othman when he was stricken with Covid-19 along with 15 family members and relatives.
Besides Azizi, 29, the rest included his 30-year-old wife Hasmira Hamzah, his in-laws and their children, the youngest being a four-month-old baby.
Although he did not suffer from the usual symptoms of Covid-19, his experience at a quarantine centre in Hospital Kulim opened his eyes to the horrors of the illness.
“I saw people rushing in and out of the ICU (intensive care unit). That is how serious it is, ” he said when contacted.
Thus, he hoped that Malaysians would not be indifferent to the virus.
His family’s nightmare began when his mother-in-law, who was admitted into a hospital in Kulim, Kedah, for a different ailment on Oct 22, was found positive a few days later.
Both Azizi and Hasmira, who live in Ipoh, visited her in Kulim.
The elderly woman marked her 62nd birthday in the hospital ward before she was confirmed to have been infected. Tragically, she died later.
“On Nov 8, mother left us forever. She fought for eight days and she was incapable of fighting anymore.
“The first test was negative and she was transferred to a normal ward after being quarantined earlier.
“It was only on the 10th day she was confirmed to have Covid-19, ” Hasmira posted on Facebook.
On Oct 29, she said her mother was intubated to assist her breathing.
“I kissed her and I never knew it would be the last time I saw her, ” she wrote.
Hasmira, who is an online seller, said they were unaware about how her mother, who was recorded as the index patient, contracted the virus in the first place.
Then from Nov 2, Hasmira started to have difficulties breathing, besides a high fever, chest pain and coughs.
Her brother who lives in the same family house was also having similar symptoms.
Their father was asymptomatic.
Hasmira went to Hospital Kulim where she was eventually transferred to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar.
She wrote that she had to stay in the ICU as her symptoms worsened.
“After two weeks in ICU, I started to recover. I was transferred to the normal ward in Hospital Kulim, staying next to my husband, who also tested positive on his second swab test, ” she said.
In the same post, Hasmira applauded the frontliners for their support and assistance during her hospital stay.
In another post on Nov 22, it was stated that she and her husband were discharged from the hospital after being treated for 21 days, making them the last ones out of their family members to be cleared.
They were linked to the Permatang cluster traced early this month in Kulim.
Hasmira expressed her gratitude to the doctors and nurses.
“Look at the frontliners. They are working hard to protect us and it is not an easy task.
“Let us appreciate all of them, ” she added.
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