"He's gained some weight and can eat more comfortably now!" These are the words of Hawa, Karim Sulaiman's wife when we spoke a short while ago. Karim, as most of you know, is down with a skin disease called scleroderma, an extremely rare skin ailment.
The kind people at Hospital Kuala Lumpur fetched Karim from his home in Sri Gombak in an ambulance for his medical check-up yesterday, Feb 12. They then sent him back in the same ambulance after recording some statistics.
"Better we fetch and send you rather than come in your own transport 'cos parking is difficult," Hawa was told. But there were other more encouraging news for Hawa and the patient.
Karim's weight has increased from 37kg to 42kg while his arm mobility has also improved. The ailment often cause the tightening of the skin, making it smooth and shiny. It also restricts the patient's movement. The treatment has enabled Karim to eat more comfortably as he can widen his mouth more and this has helped in swallowing his food.
Hawa, continously thanking HKL and the hospital's head of the Department of Dermatology, Puan Sri Soraya Tun Hussein Onn, was also aware that these are early days and Karim still has a long way to go before full recovery. His next treatment is scheduled on Feb 26.
Meanwhile, chin up my friend! InsyaAllah,you'll be fine!