IT was a double joy for 12-year-old Lau Zi Hui who had her wish granted when Children's Wish Society of Malaysia (CWSM) presented her with a motorised wheelchair at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here.
IPOH: She also received a "surprise" visit from Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir on Tuesday.
The event was organised jointly by the CWSM and the hospital.
Zi Hui is a cheerful girl despite suffering from spinal muscular atrophy and scoliosis.
A student of SK Tasek Dermawan, Zi Hui has normal cognitive development. She is a bright student and goes to school with the aid of a normal wheelchair.
Due to her condition, she attends classes for only three hours a day.
She excels in Bahasa Malaysia and is a good singer.
Recently, she had to stop schooling and was forced to stay at home because of failing health.
In March, Zi Hui requested for a motorised wheelchair for her to move around independently in her house.
Her wish was made known to her doctor Datuk Dr Amar Singh, the head of the hospital's Paediatric Department, who informed the CWSM board members.
CWSM board members immediately assisted her by getting a customised motorised wheelchair.
The motorised wheelchair costing RM6,800 was made possible after the hospital's Medical Assistance Fund donated RM5,200 and CWSM contributed RM1,600.
Zi Hui was accompanied by her father Lau Thin Kam and grandmother Lam Geik Kee to the hospital.
Meanwhile, Zambry also visited a terminal patient Soo Koh Boon, 15, who wished for an iPad.
Also present were Zambry's wife Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli, hospital's deputy director Dr S. Kamalakshi and CWSM board members Teoh Teik Hoong and Rozana Hassan.
Teoh said the objective of the society was to create awareness of children's terminal/chronic diseases and to push for early detection.
"Since the inception of our society in 2008, we have granted the wishes of over 200 children nationwide," he said.