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Friday, 22 June 2007 16:38

Glimmer of Hope After Despair

Written by  by Gan Chian Nee / Translated by Lee Ren Hui

【Caring Case/Kuala Lumpur.Bawi】

"Let's go home! Your brothers and sisters are at home waiting for you." These were the words uttered by Sung Cuai while holding Bawi Kil Par in her arms. Sung Cuai kissed Bawi Kil Par's little forehead and cheeks while the latter lay comfortably in her mother's embrace. The family was finally reunited after much anticipation. The Hrang Peng couple could not but expressed their thanks and gratefulness.

"Boss Terima Kasih. (Thank you, boss)" Hrang Peng shouted out as he saw the volunteers.

"We are not boss; we are Tzu Chi volunteers and we come to help you." Even though volunteers tried to explain to him, Hrang Peng still persisted in addressing them as "Boss Tzu Chi (Tzu Chi's boss)", making everybody laughed happily.

Hrang Peng and his family of five children, with Bawi Kil Par being the youngest child, came from Myanmar. Eight days after her birth, Bawi Kil Par was diagnosed with Down syndrome and congenital heart disease by doctors in Kuala Lumpur Hospital. This was indeed bad news to the already poor stricken Hrang Peng family. When Bawi was five months, death was imminent if nothing was done.

Haunted by poverty and illness

Lying in bed, little Bawi looked a little weary with tubes running through her nose. Despite this, her big round black eyes and licking tongue was cute and amusing.

"The doctor said there are two big holes in her heart that are causing her breathing difficulties and palpitations." Hrang Peng is a low-wage wireman. As a result of having to pay for little Bawi's medical expenses he has exhausted all his savings, and even defaulted in rental payments for several months. His family had to rely on the meager income from his two sons, 19 and 15 years old respectively from doing odd jobs.

Little Bawi was on the verge of dying, and her 40-year old mother, Sung Cuai, could not help but shed tears quietly. Due to her daughter's illness, she could not eat and sleep properly. In addition, and bearing in mind that she had just given birth recently, she did not get any proper care and was malnourished. Coupled with a weakened spirit, she looked tired and weary.

Sung Cuai and four children have been residing in Malaysia for more than a year. Apart from Burmese they do not speak other languages, and hence they would only go out when accompanied by Hrang Peng. As a father, Hrang Peng was worried about his daughter's ailments and could not concentrate on his job, resulting in many careless injuries. As a result of all these circumstances, Hrang Peng had to stop working for many months.

A ray of hope

The doctors in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital wrote a referral letter for Hrang Peng's daughter to be treated at the Kuala Lumpur Institut Jantung Negara. However, Hrang Peng realized that: "With money, the child will survive; without money, she will not survive. If God really must take our child away, we have no other alternative but leave it to fate."

Hrang Peng was devastated to see his daughter suffering but was unable to help her physically and financially. During her medical treatment at the Institut Jantung Negara, he was twice notified that his child would not make it. All he could do was hide his sorrow. When Hrang Peng was in total despair, the UNHCR brought him the good news that the medical expenses for little Bawi's treatment, which was around RM34,000/- would be sponsored by The New Straits Times, Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre, UNHCR and Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur. This ignited a ray of hope for Hrang Peng, and more importantly, for little Bawi.

Due to a recurring fever, little Bawi's surgery was delayed but on 12 June 2007, she was transferred from Institut Jantung Negara to Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre. On 14 June, she underwent a successful AVSD repair surgery. Volunteers were always there to assist in handling all hospital procedures.

"After the operation, must grow up fast with blessing from Tzu Chi." said volunteer Wang You Zhen, who brought in some warm clothes and shoes for little Bawi fearing that she might catch cold from the airconditioning room.

When little Bawi was carried into the operating room, Sung Cuai was worried sick and cried when told to leave. Volunteers patted on her shoulders to show support, and comforted her through translators.

Five hours later, little Bawi surgery was successful, and she was placed in the intensive care unit. The Hrang Peng couple could not conceal their relief and excitement. Sung Cuai finally smiled after days of fatigue.

A world full of warmth

After five days, little Bawi was transferred to the general ward. Her chest had many seam marks and this was witnessed by a number of organizations. She was more active after the surgery, and could wave her hand and kick her legs; and chuckled in response to other people's speech.

"How much is the surgery? We really do not have to pay?" Hrang Peng kept on asking in disbelief that he did not have to pay the medical expenses in return for his daughter's treatment.

When little Bawi was hospitalized, Hrang Peng and his wife met two Burmese nurses, who helped comfort Sung Cuai. One of them, Nurse Naw Khin May Than, translated all drugs and instructions into Burmese, and also explained the application of drug to Hrang Peng. Prior to little Bawi's discharge, Sung Cuai made a special effort to thank and bid farewell to the nurses.

"Now we are at ease with the help from you all. You've helped us so much and I sincerely thank you very much! I wish that God will bless all those who have helped us." The Hrang Peng couple said bashfully. And for their interaction with the volunteers, they did not have any effusive expression but just a few words of their innermost heartfelt appreciation.

"Let's go home! Brother and sister are at home waiting for you!" Sung Cuai holding Bawi Kil Par in the arms, kissing her little forehead and cheeks; while the latter lay comfortably in her mother's embrace. The family was finally reunited after much anticipation!

On the day of discharge, Tzu Chi volunteers helped the family settled all procedures and documentation, and later accompanied little Bawi back to her home.

Caring is the greatest gift of all

Hrang Peng stayed with a total of 32 people under a unit of flats. Other occupants were puzzled with the presence of the strangers, but after Hrang Peng's explanation, they welcomed them with warm greetings and offered them seats.

Several women and children sat around Bawi, concerned about her condition, while Sung Cuai talked about her anxiety and depression over the past six months. With his daughter safely discharged and well, Hrang Peng can also return to work.

From disappointment to rekindle of hope, little Bawi is the evidence and witness of the strength of joint love and kindness from many people. The Hrang Peng couple said they have nothing but a thankful heart. Before the staff left, Hrang Peng took the opportunity to help the television colleagues carry their equipments, as a sign of appreciation.

 

Little Bawi was transferred from Institut Jantung Negara to Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre. He was accompanied by Tzu Chi volunteers all the way.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】   Faced with relentless fate, the Hrang Peng couple could do nothing but accept God's arrangement. Hrang Peng was trying to explain his daughter's condition to the volunteers.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】

Little Bawi was transferred from Institut Jantung Negara to Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre. He was accompanied by Tzu Chi volunteers all the way.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】
 
Faced with relentless fate, the Hrang Peng couple could do nothing but accept God's arrangement. Hrang Peng was trying to explain his daughter's condition to the volunteers.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】
 
Little Bawi regained her health and is active after the surgery. The thick seam marks on her chest signified the beginning of a new life.【Photograph by Chong Chia Haw】    

Little Bawi regained her health and is active after the surgery. The thick seam marks on her chest signified the beginning of a new life.【Photograph by Chong Chia Haw】
 
 

 

 

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