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Wednesday, 15 August 2007 16:46

Tzu Chi Seremban's Aid To A Foreign Worker

Written by  by Ng Eng Wei, Seremban / Translated by Goh Hwe Yong

【Caring Case/Seremban.Misto Mirokdin】

Volunteers visited Misto at his home, and urged him to go for follow-up hospital visit. 【Photograph by Siow Yau Chu】

Misto Mirokdin, an Indonesian worker, died as a result of serious injuries sustained in an accident. Tzu Chi Seremban comforted his wife, Susyanti, and assisted with arrangement for their return to Indonesia.

Misto and wife Susyanti were Indonesian workers who worked in Malaysia for more than two years, during which time, their visas had expired. Misto had been a part-time worker doing renovation work and his monthly income was about RM1,000/-. On 7 April 2007, fate struck a cruel blow on his family when he fell from the second floor of a building while at work.

Meeting angels in disguise in the hospital

Misto sustained a fractured vertebra of the lower back which affected his nerves, and both his legs were also injured. The severe injuries left him paralysed from below the waist and his excretory system suffered a loss in its function. According to Dr Chan Tiong Cheng, Misto needed an operation and physiotherapy, or it may lead to complications such as bed sores and lung infection.

The operation would cost RM10,000/- an amount they could not afford to pay. They did not know what to do so Dr Chan Tiong Cheng, who is a TIMA member, sought help from Tzu Chi on their behalf.

Seeing hope at the moment of helplessness

Tzu Chi Seremban subsidized the cost of the RM3,300/- orthopaedic implant, and the rest was negotiated by Dr Chan with the hospital's management. The hospital charge of RM2400, was settled in part by Susyanti who used the RM2,000/- they had kept aside for their Hari Raya trip home to Indonesia; and their friends chipped in the balance. Their kind neighbours provided them with foodstuff occasionally.

Being tight with money, Misto could only afford to use one piece of disposable napkin daily. At times, only a sarong was instead. Already thankful for the assistance they received from the hospital and Tzu Chi, Susyanti dared not ask for more. However, upon learning of their financial problem, Tzu Chi provided disposable napkins, provisions, as well as living expenses.

The beginning of a nightmare

After the operation, Tzu Chi volunteers continued to provide post-operative care. However, due to financial constraints, Misto was reluctant to undergo physiotherapy treatment. By July, Misto started to have bed sores on his lower back which developed into large wounds and he had to be treated at a private clinic. Open wounds on his back were so deep that bones became visible. On 14 July, volunteers brought staff nurse, Sister He Yu Lan, to visit Misto. On this visit, Misto was advised to seek treatment in the hospital, but he refused.

On 16 July, Dr Chan made a trip to Seremban to discuss Misto's condition with the volunteers- in- charge. It was apparent that Misto had to be wheelchair-bound and, as such, it would be impossible for him to stay and work in Malaysia. In addition, his bed sores needed proper care to prevent them from further infection. However, as he was not ready to receive treatment from the hospital, it was seen as a better solution that he goes back to Indonesia.

"Police came to round us up at our workplace. My friends were detained. Now there is no one around to help me look after him. I am too scared to think. We are homesick, and want to go home!" revealed Susyanti. Seeing their plight, and having discussed the case in question, Tzu Chi decided to help them return to Indonesia.

Taxi driver, Zainol came to know about the case, and decided to work together with Tzu Chi in this matter. Zainol helped to arrange for the homeward bound trip, while Tzu Chi sponsored their airfares for travel on 11 Aug.

Death called unexpectedly

"Please brighten up! We are going home tomorrow. Why aren't you responding to my words! " As all arrangements were in place for their flight home, death struck a cruel blow. On the evening of 10 Aug, Misto lost consciousness and Susyanti made an emergency call to the volunteers while her neighbour helped to get an ambulance. Upon arrival at the hospital, Misto was found to be suffering from infection which had penetrated into his blood stream.

"This morning as I had to go with Zainol to the Immigration Department, I did not dress his wound. When I returned, I found pus on his wounds and a foul smell which attracted flies. It's all because of me. I should have taken better care of him" cried a remorseful Susyanti.

"I found black spots on his lower back which were inflamed. They then spread to the upper half, and his back swelled. He didn't know who I was by then. He only murmured to himself. I was at a loss as to what to do, so I called Zainol and Tzu Chi's sisters" she sadly recalled. The journey home was cancelled as Misto had to be hospitalized. When his condition deteriorated, an operation was scheduled.

On 12 Aug morning, news broke out that Misto had passed away. Tzu Chi volunteers comforted and accompanied the grief-stricken Susyanti, while her neighbour helped to arrange for religious rituals.

I want to follow the footsteps of Tzu Chi volunteers

On 14 Aug, the volunteers were at KLIA to see Susyanti off.

"We had not known Tzu Chi before, and we never dreamt that Tzu Chi would help us one day. It could have been the will of Allah that you were there to help us. I am deeply touched by what you have done to help us, from the time Misto went in for the operation, till this moment when I am about to go back home!" Susyanti said.

She added: "I will take good care of myself and my children. When I am more settled, I will follow the footsteps of Tzu Chi volunteers and help those in need."

Tzu Chi sponsored the expenses for transferring the body of the deceased back to Indonesia, and gave RM1000 to Susyanti as a token of their condolences. Further, on her arrival back in Indonesia, Tzu Chi volunteers in Indonesia would be following up on her case.

"Tzu Chi is a good organization. They hold no discrimination against religions. I look up to them, and I want to be a volunteer like you too", Zainol made this remark to the volunteers while at KLIA.

 

Dr.Saravanan Muthusamy dressing the wounds for Misto free of charge.【Photograph by Siow Yau Chu】   Muslim religious teacher performing religious rituals for the deceased, while volunteers stood-by. 【Photograph by Siow Yau Chu】

Dr.Saravanan Muthusamy dressing the wounds for Misto free of charge.【Photograph by Siow Yau Chu】
 
Muslim religious teacher performing religious rituals for the deceased, while volunteers stood-by. 【Photograph by Siow Yau Chu】
 
 
Volunteers took Susyanti for a brief visit to the office of the Seremban Chapter before departing for KLIA. 【Photograph by Siow Yau Chu】   On behalf of Tzu Chi, Sister Yap May Yin, handed over money to Susyanti as a token of their condolences. 【Photograph by Siow Yau Chu】

Volunteers took Susyanti for a brief visit to the office of the Seremban Chapter before departing for KLIA. 【Photograph by Siow Yau Chu】
 
On behalf of Tzu Chi, Sister Yap May Yin, handed over money to Susyanti as a token of their condolences. 【Photograph by Siow Yau Chu】

 

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