Infant with abnormal head condition needs financial aid

Dire situation: Zuraini looking on as her husband Azman Muktar wipes away his tears while holding Siti Hajar at their home in Penaga, Kepala Batas.
PHOTO: Infant with abnormal head condition needs financial aid

KEPALA BATAS, Malaysia - Infant Siti Hajar Azman, whose head circumference has grown from 40cm to 60cm in a span of 10 months due to a medical condition, is in dire need of financial assistance from the public.

From Kampung Permatang Tok Gelam Penaga, 10-month-old Siti Hajar was born with a condition called the hydrocephalus, a medical condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles or cavities of the brain.

Her factory worker mother Zuraini Mahmood, 40, said when she was five months' pregnant, doctors at the Seberang Jaya Hospital discovered that the foetus had an abnormally large head caused by the condition.

"We were told by doctors that they had to wait to perform a surgery as she was still too young.

"My daughter has to be taken to the hospital for a check-up every three months," she said yesterday.

Zuraini said the family's joint income of RM1,000 (S$391) a month was not enough to raise her two other children, aged six and 10, let alone Siti Hajar, who has special needs.

"My husband has no stable income and I am only working as an operator in a local factory.

"Our expenses for Siti Hajar come up to RM300 a month on diapers and milk alone," she said.