SEREMBAN - As much as two-year-old Ahmad Wafiy wants to run into his father arms when he returns from work, he can't do so.
Ahmad is even unable to turn his head to look at his mother whenever she sings him lullabies or during feeding time.
Ahmad, who is the only son of Adli Hisham and Norliyana Abdullah, has been bedridden ever since he was diagnosed with central hypotonia, a medical condition in which disrupted nerve signals in the brain or spinal cord causes decreased muscle strength.
Adli, 35, who earns RM30 (S$12) daily as a restaurant helper near his home in Rumah Rakyat Panchor here, said his wife had to watch their son closely as he often suffered from cramps and pain that he could not express through words but tears in his eyes.
"We knew of his condition when he was four months old as he was inactive and never attempted to turn like other babies his age," he said.
He said doctors told them that Ahmad has a good chance of recovery as long as he receives his medication and supplements.
They recommended that he be given a special formula and supplements and undergo physiotherapy.
The monthly expenses, including diapers and hospital visits, come up to RM3,000.
The family receives RM300 from the Welfare Department and RM500 from Yayasan Menara.
Ampangan assemblyman Abu Ubaidah Redza urged the public to help Adli.
Those who wish to help the family can send their cheques to Abu Ubaidah's service centre at Pusat Khidmat DUN Ampangan, 94, Jalan Kuala Pilah, Batu 2 1/4, 70400, Seremban, with the name Ahmad Wafiy written at the back.