(File pix) Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HCTM-PPUKM). Pix by Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

KUALA LUMPUR: Likely to live his whole life with an oxygen tank trailing behind him, parents of a four-year-old boy with infections of the lungs are appealing for donations to pay for his RM60,000 medical expenses.

Mohamad Hakim Zulkifle was diagnosed with Adenovirus Brocholitis Obliterans in May 2013 when he was five months old. The condition caused severe infections to his lungs and affected his breathing and immune system.

He was then admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HCTM-PPUKM) until he was a year old for doctors to monitor his condition.

Due to his weakened immune system, Hakim requires immediate medical attention even for a slight cough as it would develop into a high fever.

He also needs to be kept in isolation when he is hospitalised to lessen his exposure to other viruses, which incurs more cost.

His father Zulkifle Abdullah, 36, said that Hakim gets sick easily due to his weak lungs and is admitted to the hospital around six times in a year up to a stretch of ten days at a time.

“Two months ago, he fell seriously ill and was kept in the intensive care unit for almost ten days. He couldn’t be exposed to dust as it could pose a risk to him.

“Hakim is unable to be active like others kids, as his movements are restricted by the oxygen tank.

“Not only does Hakim require medical attention whenever he is exposed to viruses, he also relies heavily on three breathing supports tools. The tools, BIPAP, oxygen concentrator and oxygen cylinder, also need servicing once a year,” Zulkifle said when met at the hospital.

He added that his job as a night trader market is not enough to pay off the medical bills. His wife Faizah Mohd Nor, 34, is a housewife and takes care of Hakim and his three brothers.

The couple has a 12-year-old daughter who lives in Kota Bharu with Zulkifle’s mother as they could not afford to take care of all their five children when they had to move from their flat to a rented terrace house to accommodate Hakim’s condition.

The family had received contributions from Lembaga Zakat Selangor and Jabatan Kebajikan Social Perubatan amounting to RM30,000 to pay for a portion of the medical bills and provisions. However, Hakim would be needing more funds for future treatments.

Zulkifle remains hopeful that Hakim will grow healthier despite the constant visits to the hospital.

Members of the public who wish to donate may send cheques, made payable to Media Prima-NSTP Humanitarian Fund with the name of the patient written on the reverse, to: The Group Corporate Communications Department, Media Prima Berhad, Level 1, Anjung Riong, Balai Berita, 31 Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

Donations can also be made via cash deposit to this Maybank account: 5141-0532-3170.

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