Madam Kamariah, 42 years old, is the main caregiver to her three children. Her youngest son, Hashim, 16 years old, was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy at birth. On top of that, he was also diagnosed with neurogenic bladder, mild left non-obstructive renal, bilateral undescended testes, chronic constipation and global developmental delay, requiring lifetime medication and treatment.
Hashim’s condition requires constant attention as he is unable to carry out his daily living activities on his own. Madam Kamariah has been a Stay-at-Home mum since her eldest son, who is 19 this year was born. Madam Kamariah’s husband, 47 years old, works as a cargo operator to support the family. However, he only earns about S$1,500 and the family still struggles with their living expenses. Being the sole breadwinner of the family also places him under tremendous stress as he struggles with other medical conditions such as heart issues and a complete heart blockage, severe sleep disorder, severe breathlessness. He also underwent surgery for a Permanent Pacemaker (PPM) Insertion in his body.
Madam Kamariah’s two older boys age 17 and 19 are both schooling. She also shared with us that out of school, the boys spend most of their time at home and do not join their friends for out-of-school leisure activities. She feels relieved that upon seeing how their mum devotes her time to looking after their younger brother, the two brothers help out with the household chores after school.
Madam Kamariah chooses to believe that although the birth of every child may not always be celebrated in the same way, Hashim came into the family as a gift and deserves the chance to be wanted and loved as part of the family despite being different from his siblings.
ROHI wishes to raise S$1,080 (S$180 x 6 months) for Hashim’s expenses which include school fees (S$20), transport (S$60) and food (S$100). Your kind contribution will go a long way towards giving hope to Hashim and his family!