Small boil on child’s head leads to brain damage

A SEEMINGLY small boil on a child’s head turned tragic when it became large enough to cause seizures and brain damage, leaving the girl bedridden, Kosmo! reported.

Mother of three Engku Noor Wahidah Engku Anuar, 31, initially thought nothing of the little boil on the head of her youngest child, Putri Nur Elyna Soffiya Kairul Azahar, aged four.

“We thought the boil was nothing serious at first until Nur Elyna Soffiya, who was two years old at the time, had a seizure six months later.

“The doctor’s examination confirmed that my daughter’s head was filled with pus. She had to undergo surgery to remove the pus,” she said.

The surgery, however, failed to cure the child, who then had another seizure.

Engku Noor Wahidah’s health has suffered as she has had to care for her two older children with disabilities, aged 10 and 12. This led her to make the difficult decision to close her business at a night market.

The family now depends solely on the income of her husband, Kairul Azahar Mohamad, 32, who earns a monthly income of RM1,200.

> Over 3,500 rice farmers in Kelantan have suffered losses of up to RM58mil due to drought since March, Berita Harian reported.

It reported that the losses involved nearly 8,900ha of padi fields, which were destroyed due to the heat.

Kemubu Agricultural Development Authority (Kada) chairman Muhammad Hussin said the authority had presented a report and proposal for assistance.

“Kada is committed to finding the best solution to help the rice farmers in the face of the losses incurred.

“We also hope for assistance, especially from the state and federal governments, to ease the rice farmers’ burden,” he said.

> Originally thought to become the next big power couple, actor Azri Iskandar and businesswoman Datuk Noora Kay’s relationship has ended, Harian Metro reported.

Noora Kay, 48, confirmed that she and Azri had parted ways and their marriage plans have been abandoned.

“Yes, I have broken up with Azri. I do not expect anything now and I am more comfortable being single with children.

“I think the decision was for everyone’s good,” she told local entertainment portal Sensasi TV at her recent birthday celebration.

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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