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Saturday, 31 January 2015 17:18

A Newborn Baby with Blessings from Tzu Chi

Written by  Tan Kim Hion & Siow Lee Kien, Kuala Lipis / Translated by Chew Chiau Ping

Idayuhari shared the joy of her newborn with volunteers, and her husband gratefully expressed that the boy is a child with blessings from Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

A Malay woman, Idayuhari brought her one-week-old baby to visit Tzu Chi volunteers. Seeing her baby sound asleep in a volunteer’s arms, she said gratefully, “With this relief cash, we can buy formula milk and necessities for our baby. He has received Tzu Chi’s help from the moment of birth; he is truly a child with blessings from Tzu Chi!”


 
A terrifying childbirth experience
 
On January 31, 2015, Idayuhari and her husband attended Tzu Chi’s cash relief distribution for flood victims at Dewan Jubli Perak Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Kuala Lipis. As she was in frail health, volunteers quickly seated her in a wheelchair, and wheeled her into the hall to join the ceremony after registration.
 
Volunteer Siow Lee Kien greeted Idayuhari, who was still wearing a hospital tag and newborn identification band, and learnt that the latter had just given birth to her third child a week ago and was scheduled for discharge that day. Fearing that she would miss the cash relief distribution, Idayuhari insisted on attending the event before returning to the hospital to complete the discharge procedure.
 
She said, “My baby is still in the hospital and doctor has not confirmed whether he can be discharged today, as he has mild jaundice. I will find out once I return to the hospital later.”
 
Happiness was written on Idayuhari’s face whenever she mentioned her newborn. Her pregnancy was originally due on February 3, but she delivered earlier than expected.
 
While happy with the arrival of their newborn, Idayuhari and her husband were also upset that most of the furniture and appliances in their house were damaged in flood and needed replacements. They were unable to rebuild their home quickly as the family depends solely on the husband’s income as a school bus driver.
 
“When the flood came, we only managed to salvage some important documents. Luckily, the whole family is safe and we could seek shelter at our relative’s house, which was not affected by flood,” recalled Idayuhari.
 
However, a heavily pregnant Idayuhari was unable to clean up the house after the floodwaters subsided. Lee Kien, who is a mother herself, was deeply concerned about Idayuhari’s fear when fleeing her home. The latter responded that fortunately everything was alright, and that luckily, she went into labour after the flood receded.
 
She related, “On the night of 25th, I felt something unusual and suspected that I would go into labour soon, but my husband calmly assured me that the baby was not due yet. My mother was worried and she brought me to a clinic nearby, and the doctor confirmed my suspicion. He suggested that I go to a bigger hospital in Temerloh as my labour might not be smooth.”
 
As it takes more than an hour from Kuala Lipis to Temerloh, the hospital quickly arranged an ambulance and a nurse for her. However, not long after they departed, the nurse found that Idayuhari was going into labour and they had to return to Kuala Lipis Hospital. Thankfully, Idayuhari gave birth to a baby boy smoothly soon after their arrival at the hospital.
 
Timely relief for the newborn
 
Lee Kien was moved to learn of what Idayuhari had to endure as a mother, yet she was happy for her newborn. When volunteers invited the aid recipients to proceed to the front stage to receive a greeting card and sympathy letter from Master Cheng Yen, Idayuhari, who was still in confinement, asked for Lee Kien’s permission and favour to wheel her to the front as she was too weak to walk.
 
Lee Kien promptly conveyed her difficulties to the event coordinator. Under their arrangement, all recipients with mobility difficulties were allowed to collect their cash cards at the counters outside the hall directly, without moving to the front stage.
 
When Idayuhari realized she could redeem as much as RM1,000/- from the bank with the cash card, she said to Lee Kien in surprise, “Thank you! Thank you! Thanks a lot! We have not prepared formula milk, clothes, and so on for our baby, and we have no means to get these items. Our worries are now gone. This relief cash belongs to the baby.”
 
Overwhelmed by the gift she received, Idayuhari immediately looked around for her husband to share the joy with him. Sensing her eagerness, Lee Kien lent her the phone to reach him. Shortly after the call, the husband came over with the good news that their baby’s jaundice had subsided and could be discharged that same day.
 
“This is great. Today is such a lucky and wonderful day. Not only can we afford to buy things for the baby, we can also bring him home with us. All thanks to the good luck Tzu Chi has brought us,” said Idayuhari. 
 
Her eyes welled up with tears as she held Lee Kien’s hand tightly, while her husband went around shaking hands with each volunteer. The joy of being a father was written all over his face and the volunteers gave him their heartfelt wishes.
 
Two hours after Lee Kien and the volunteers sent them off, Idayuhari and her husband dropped by again with their newborn. She said happily, “I have brought my baby to meet you all! Look, this is my baby!”
 
The baby, who was sleeping soundly in his mother’s arms, continued sleeping while Lee Kien held him delicately in her arms. Other volunteers gathered around them and lovingly offered their well-wishes for the baby.
 
“My baby is a lucky boy. Because of Tzu Chi and all of you, he has milk to drink soon after birth. He is really blessed!”
 
While Idayuhari looked fondly at her baby, her husband chipped in gratefully, “Ini anak rezeki Tzu Chi (He is a child with blessings from Tzu Chi)!” His words put a smile on the volunteers’ faces. Lee Kien kissed the baby tenderly, wishing him a safe and peaceful growing environment.
 
 
Volunteers quickly seated Idayuhari, who has just delivered a baby seven days earlier, in a wheelchair when she arrived at the relief distribution site. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]   Volunteer wheeled Idayuhari around throughout the relief distribution. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

Volunteers quickly seated Idayuhari, who has just delivered a baby seven days earlier, in a wheelchair when she arrived at the relief distribution site. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]=
 
Volunteer wheeled Idayuhari around throughout the relief distribution. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]
 
One-week-old baby slept soundly in his mother’s arms. His parents were grateful for the timely aid from Tzu Chi as they could now afford the formula milk for their baby. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]   Idayuhari and her husband came from the hospital with their newborn to meet the volunteers. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

One-week-old baby slept soundly in his mother’s arms. His parents were grateful for the timely aid from Tzu Chi as they could now afford the formula milk for their baby. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]
 
Idayuhari and her husband came from the hospital with their newborn to meet the volunteers. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]