When hospital is a second home


Compiled by ELISHA MARY EASTER, C.ARUNO and R.ARAVINTAN

TEACHER Nor Lizawati Mahmood has been spending her school holidays at the hospital with her youngest daughter, Harian Metro reported.

Her daughter Aryana Maryam Zaiful Bahrin was born with Down Syndrome and also suffers from acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

“For the past seven months, Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia Kubang Kerian has been like a second home to Maryam,” she said of her three-year-old.

Nor Lizawati, a 43-year-old geography teacher at SMK Tok Janggut in Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, said Maryam was once very active and able to walk, but has since lost that ability due to her illness.

“She was diagnosed with cancer last September. The news came as a shock to our family.

“My husband and I decided to follow doctor’s advice and started chemotherapy for Maryam in November.

“Unfortunately, after her first chemotherapy session, Maryam developed a fever and liver infection, leading to an enlarged liver, a swollen stomach and an infected spleen, rendering her unable to walk,” she added.

Nor Lizawati initially hesitated to share Maryam’s condition on their TikTok account, but she found solace and encouragement in the supportive comments from others.

The platform connected her with other parents facing similar situations, which strengthened her resolve to pursue the best treatment for Maryam.

With the support of her husband, family and friends, she holds on to the hope that Maryam will walk again after completing the remaining treatments at the Kota Baru hospital.

> Actress Afifah Nasir, who is still enjoying her honeymoon, has found her social media under scrutiny again, Kosmo! reported.

She faced a backlash after posting a video where she donned a dress that resembled a black nightgown.

However, it was not her fashion choice that stirred controversy, but the caption accompanying the video, which read: “You always have to be beautiful for your husband.”

The statement sparked a wave of criticism from people who found the caption to be provocative.

Many questioned whether it was appropriate to share such content on a public platform, especially one that can be viewed by men other than her husband.

Despite the criticism, some fans defended Afifah, arguing that the account in question might not be hers but rather a fan page.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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