Dad cares for son in hospital while mum donates kidney to child

KUALA LUMPUR - The Kuala Lumpur Hospital has become the sleeping place of devoted father and construction worker Ong Kuang Lim.

He is always by the bedside of his son Ong Kok Siong, 26, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and has been warded at the hospital's Institute of Urology and Nephrology for the past year.

"For the past three or four years, I have been in and out of the hospital and it has become my second home.

"But I will stay with my son for as long as he needs treatment," said Ong, 52, who is from Malacca, and had to give up his job to look after his son full-time.

"When you bring a child into the world, it is your responsibility to take care of them," said the father of two.

Silvia Surosakur spent Mothers' Day in a hospital bed recuperating after donating her kidney to her 10-year-old son.

"We could not find a kidney donor in time to save our son Sharizal Amirul Muhammad.

"I did not think much about it and agreed to give up my kidney for my child," said Silvia, who is from Indonesia.

Although the doctor told her about the dangers of having only one kidney, that did not deter the mother of four.

"I just want my son to be okay," said Silvia, who makes a living baking cakes.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai expressed admiration at both parents' sacrifices.

"They have shown how much they love their children and how much they are willing to sacrifice for them," said Liow, who visited them at the hospital yesterday.

He gave them an undisclosed personal donation and also asked Ong to apply for aid from the 1MCA Medical Fund.