Hoping for a miracle cure

PHOTO: Hoping for a miracle cure

PASIR MAS - Acute skin disease patient Siti Nor Yusoff from Kampung Chekeli, here, is hoping her condition will improve to allow her to join family members in the coming Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration. The mother of four has not been able to walk for two years because of her condition, which had been identified by specialists as chronic eczema.

The condition has led to the 47-year-old housewife being confined to bed and rely on other family members, especially her husband, to do housework and take care of her.

"It really touches me to see my husband doing most of the work in the kitchen besides washing and feeding me.

"There is nobody else to rely on as my three eldest children are in university, while the youngest is only 10.

"Previously, we celebrated Hari Raya together.

"But over the past two years, I can only watch them have a good time with friends and other family members from my bed," said Siti Nor.

Besides helping at home, her 52-year-old husband, Kamaruddin Isa, a former soldier, does odd-jobs in the village.

Siti Nor said she started suffering from the disease in 2009.

At first, there was pain and itchiness all over her body and face. Then, her skin became dark and dry.

"My husband has taken me to many hospitals and clinics and even to several traditional healers, but doctors say the condition is chronic."

Kamaruddin said he never regretted leaving his job as a security guard to take care of his wife.

"I will do everything including selling the only piece of land I inherited from my late mother to pay for her medical expenses as we have nothing left. We are lucky to receive RM300 (S$121) monthly assistance from the Welfare Department."