Farhan, 15 years old, suffers from various serious forms of physical and mental disabilities along with various serious health issues. He was diagnosed with chromosomal abnormality and global delay shortly after birth and his physical and mental health deteriorated steadily over time. Farhan is not able to talk and is only able to understand simple instructions. Farhan is unable to digest food and is fed milk through a tube attached to his stomach. He also suffers from epilepsy, a severe form of gastric with a history of gastrointestinal bleeding, seizures, recurring pneumonia, chest infections, obstructive sleep apnea with lung disease and progressive neuromuscular scoliosis which makes his spine curved at an unnatural angle. He recently underwent surgery to correct his spine where metal rods were inserted along his entire spine. Farhan also requires oxygen to help him sleep at night.
Farhan’s mother, Madam Marsita, is his full-time caregiver as he requires round the clock assistance. Farhan has an older sister who is still studying. The family struggles financially as Madam Marsita is unable to work. Farhan attends school for people with disabilities and most of his school fees are covered. Due to the complexity and severity of Farhan’s condition he requires a special mode of transport, a van fitted with a hydraulic lift to transport him to school. As the school is unable to provide transport for Farhan, they have to source a private transportation company that is able to send Farhan to school. SG Enable provides S$240.00 a month for transport however, that covers only 6 roundtrips a month. Each roundtrip to school costs S$75 a day and without the transport, Farhan is unable to attend school. ROHI have been informed by his social worker that should Madam Marsita be unable to pay for the transport fees, Farhan is only able to attend school for 6 days a month as the transport is covered by SG Enable.
This saddens Madam Marsita greatly as she strongly believes that even though Farhan is special, he deserves to attend school like all students in Singapore.
ROHI would therefore like to raise S$1,050 for Farhan’s transport fees for one month while his Social Worker finds an alternative transport for Farhan.
12 Mar 2018
Farhan is back home!
Farhan was recently discharged from hospital after spending 1 month in ICU and High Dependency Unit. He caught an infection which causes his lungs to be repeatedly collapsed. He is now better and is back home! He will resume school after the March school holidays is over. Farhan's mother, Mdm Marsita, is deeply appreciative of the NTUC vouchers and thank donors for their kind contribution.
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22 Jan 2018
Fundraising has ended
We were informed by Farhan's social worker at the school he attends that the transport company has kindly reduced the transport charges and this will be paid by SG Enable and by the school. ROHI is glad to learn that due to this, Farhan is able to attend school daily. As such, we have decided to stop the fund raiser and is in the midst of contacting donors to channel the S$314 raised for Farhan’s school transport costs to help his mother, Madam Marsita, defray her grocery costs and issue the family the S$314 in NTUC vouchers.