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Superbikers Help Realise Dream Of Boy With Heart Defect

By Mohammad Fakhrurrazi Ahmad Usuldin

MUAR (Bernama) -- Muhammad Fikri Hakim Sikin @ Jaudin suffers from a rare congenital heart disease and his days could be numbered.

His father, the sole breadwinner, is a lorry driver who struggles to make ends meet while paying for treating his condition. His mother, a homemaker, is a breast cancer survivor.

Despite all the woes, they are still trying their best to fulfill the requests of their 13-year-old son, one of which was to see a superbike up close.

SURPRISE VISIT

Muhammad Fikri suffers from double outlet right ventricle, a rare but serious heart defect where the heart's two great arteries rise from the right ventricle.

The condition is usually treatable surgically. Unfortunately for Muhammad Fikri, his heart is also ridden with other defects such as hole in the heart, thus voiding surgery as an option.

Upon learning of Muhammad Fikri's condition, a group who called themselves the "IIUM Bikers" decided to realise his dream by riding their superbikes down to his home in Bukit Pasir, Muar.

The convoy of 13 lecturers and staff of the International Islamic University of Malaysia were also joined by representatives from Ikram Bikers and Muar Bikers.

CHARITY CONVOY

Although he was anticipating their visit, Muhammad Fikri was initially shy upon meeting the bikers.

He was too weak to be interviewed, but began to warm up after an hour with the IIUM Bikers. He was visibly happy when the bikers aided him to pose with a Harley Davidson owned by one of the bikers.

"Our group is not only holds activities for recreation, but also for charity and welfare programmes such as this", said IIUM Bikers Advisor Datuk Hamidon Abdul Hamid when met here.

He was also the university's Corporate Communications Director.

The group also held "hajat prayers" during the visit and presented the family with a cash contribution and an IIUM Bikers t-shirt to Muhammad Fikri.

OXYGEN SUPPORT

Muhammad Fikri's parents had learned of his condition when he was six months old, after noticing his prolonged bouts of fever and cough.

His mother Kamariah Mat Daud, 44, told Bernama that her son's condition started becoming severe in May. He had since been relying on oxygen support to help him breathe.

"I would like to thank the IIUM Bikers for coming down all the way to Muar to help realise what has been my son's dream since he was little, to see a superbike up close", she said to Bernama when met at her home, recently.

Kamariah said she and her husband had been traveling back and forth to the Muar Hospital and the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur for treatment, ever since her son was diagnosed with the condition.

"My heart is heavy with sadness and worry for my son's condition, which has deteriorated lately. He had had to travel back and forth to the hospital and is now entirely dependent on an oxygenator to breathe.

"We have spent thousands of Ringgit on his treatment and now we find that he will be needing an oxygen tank to breathe for the rest of his days. Fortunately, the Muar Hospital was generous enough to loan us an oxygenator for three months starting July, but we are trying to raise money to buy our own machine, which costs around RM5,000", she said.

Kamariah said her son's health condition had disrupted his schooling at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bukit Pasir.

LITTLE AID RECEIVED

Her eldest child, Muhammad Farhan Harith, 15, also went to the same school as his younger brother. Her 12-year-old daughter, meanwhile, goes to Sekolah Rendah Sri Bukit Pasir.

Kamariah, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2012 had had to undergo surgery to remove her right breast.

The family is dependent on the salary earned by her husband Sikin@Jaudin Lasas, 45, who works as a lorry driver at a furniture factory in Muar.

"We have received financial aid for the Welfare Department for RM150 starting last month. I have also applied for aid from Baitulmal in 2012, but have yet to receive a reply to this day", she said.

Those who would like to help out Muhammad Fikri can do so by contributing financial assistance to the Maybank account number 151101140981 under the name Kamariah Mat Daud. They can also contact Kamariah at 019-787 5070 or visit the family at 27, Taman Bahagia, Bukit Pasir, 84300, Muar, Johor.

-- BERNAMA




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