HAWA, Karim Sulaiman's wife, sent me a text message a few days ago. Apart from wishing all of us Selamat Hari Raya Haji, Hawa gave an update of Karim's next appointment at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
Karim's original appointment with the hospital's top dermatologist was Jan 8 but this has been pushed to Jan 10. Karim is looking forward to the appointment. Friends and former colleagues have been visiting him since news of his ailment spread in the last month or so.
Karim's ailment has caught the attention of the deputy minister of health. Datuk Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad, who keeps monitoring the former journalist's condition. The kind Dr Latif helped arranged an ambulance to fetch Karim from his house in Sri Gombak to be brought to the hospital
Hawa said the family requested for the postponement because she has to make arrangements to send one the couple's children to a boarding school nearby. Khair Najid, fourth in the family, is fortunate to have been accepted as a Form One student at Sekolah Menengah Sains Cheras. This will certainly encourage the lad to do well in his studies and do the parents proud.
But the family is not short of cheer. Their third child, Khairah Nazurah, brought more cheer when the PMR results were announced recently. She scored 8As in the Form Three examninations. She studies at the Sekolah Menengah Hillcrest but is now trying to get into Sekolah Menengah Sains Sri Putri at Jalan Maxwell.
Karim must surely be elated that his children are doing well in their studies. We pray that Karim's illness will be cured, and that some on-going medical research somewhere will lead to new discoveries to ease the man's burden.
For now, Karim is quite contended to have a very supportive wife who cares for him night and day; and children who knows the value of a good education and strive to be the best among their peers. Syabas kids! You sure light up the eyes of your parents! Alhamdulillah (Praise be to the Almighty).