SHAH ALAM: The dream of Adam Akbar Ali, 10, who is suffering from intramedullary cervical spinal cord tumour, to finally head for a life saving operation in the United States was realised yesterday.
This was thanks to a RM100,000 contribution from the Terengganu government, presented by its Welfare Community Development, Women and state Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Yahya Mohamed Khatib to Adam's father, Akbar Ali Mohamed Noordin, 43, and mother, Siti Rogayah Syed Ismail, 32, at their home in Seksyen 7.
Yahya said the decision to approve the funding for the Year 4 student was made during the state executive council meeting recently.
"We decided to provide the money for the boy and his family under the state 'Chronic Diseases Fund' to cover his overall medical costs as well as to accelerate his surgery.
"The allocation is part of Terengganu government's efforts in providing assistance to those in need, including individuals such as Adam, who suffer from terminal diseases," the Pengkalan Berangan assemblyman said.
Akbar and his family thanked the Terengganu government and the public for coming to his aid.
"I thank Allah, as the money needed to finance the operation for Adam is sufficient. My family is grateful to all those who helped us.
"Only Allah can respond to our prayers. I hope people will pray for my son's well-being," said Akbar.
He added along with the contribution of RM100,000 by the Terengganu government, Adam had also received RM62,500 from public contributions, while 1MCA Medical Foundation donated RM20,000.