Rosnani quit work to take care of daughter with hydrocephalus
Last Update: 05/10/2019
MACHANG, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- A mother was determined to quit her rubber-tapping job to look after her only child, Siti Nor Syafiqah Hassan, 13, who has hydrocephalus or excess fluid in the brain.
Rosnani Mohamad, 41, said her only child was found to be suffering from hydrocephalus when seven months old and was now bed-ridden and could not move freely like other teenagers her age.
She said both her late husband Hassan Daud and herself started to realise the problem when Syafiqah was seven months old but decided against an operation to get rid of the excess fluid due to the risk.
‘’Since then, Syafiqah’s head continues to increase in size until she was one year old,’’ she said when met at her house in Kampung Pengkalan Kerdas here today.
Rosnani said Syafiqah, who was prematurely born, had to be placed at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of the Raja Perempuan Zainab 2 Hospital for a month for observations now required full time attention and intensive care because she was often had convulsions.
‘’I have never regretted quitting my work because Syafiqah is the most beautiful reward for me and my late husband after waiting for six years to have a child,’’ she said.
She said Syafiqah could move slowly but became bedridden, after she fell from the stairs of the house two years ago, and broke her pelvic bone.
Earlier, the family received a visit from the Social Volunteer and Welfare Club (KELSS) headed by its Communication and Media Unit chief, Akdi Hamid.
Rosnani, who also offered a massage service, hoped the public could help her by providing a wheelchair, bed and mattress for Syafiqah.
She said she married with Osman Kasim, 62, four years ago after her husband died in 2012 from Pleural Effusion or liquid in the lungs.
‘’Every month, I have to set set aside at least RM500 to buy items Syafiqah needs such as milk and disposable diapers. Fortunately, Syafiqah receives a RM350 aid from the Social Welfare Department which eases my burden to a certain extent.
Meanwhile, Akidi said KELSS also gave the family some cash during the visit.
‘’We will also launch a special donation for Syafiqah,’’ he said.
Members of the public could bank in their contributions through Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) 03104-29-00012706-4 under the name of Rosnani Mohamad or they could contact 017- 9084710.