WHILE Karim Sulaiman enters Hospital Kuala Lumpur for the third cycle of his treatment for scleroderma, an extremely rare skin disease, infant Siti Aisya Syahreen Shahidan is pleading for whatever help we can give.
Karim, one time journalist with Harian Metro and who had also served Berita Harian in London, returned to HKL today to continue his treatment aimed at helping him return to normal life and claim his job as a serious journalist.
I spoke to his wife Hawa on the phone this afternoon. She sounded upbeat and reported that Karim's doctors are very encouraged by Karim's improvement. Scleroderma causes the patient's skin to tighten, making it difficult for the person to swallow, move and speak. Medical science is still trying to find a cure for the ailment.
Karim has been suffering for many years but his plight caught the attention of Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Latif Ahmad. HKL's skin specialist Puan Sri Soraya Tun Hussein has been helping Karim since he was referred to the HKL late last year.
He will be in HKL for about 5 days to finish the third cycle of medication. He was last admitted on Feb 26, but he developed some rashes and had fever, which forced the doctors to halt the treatment for a while. We know Karim is in good hands and continue to pray for his well-being.
Siti Aisya, meanwhile, is an infant suffering from Fraser Syndrome, a situation where her eyelids are fused together, fingers webbed, larynx partially shut and hearing impaired.
She needs about RM400 and RM500 a month for upkeep and her father is a self-employed. Blogger Jeff Ooi highlighted her case in his latest posting. He was earlier alerted to the ailment by two other junior bloggers.
If you can help, please contact Jeff Ooi at his website. If we chip in bit by bit, I'm sure we can help make a difference to her life!