Mdm Jalinah, 42, is a mother to 10 children between the ages of 17 to 5 years old. The large family currently lives in a cramped and humid 2 room rental unit. Mdm Jalinah’s husband, Mr Khairil Anwar, is unable to work as he suffers from a chronic heart disease where half of his heart is unable to receive oxygen. As a result, he had to undergo emergency surgery to insert a stent. In September 2017, he was unable to move his right shoulders due to severe inflammation and muscle tear and had to undergo surgery. However, even with surgery, he is still unable to move his right hand well. To make matters worst, Mr Khairil has been urinating blood and this is one of the symptoms of colon cancer. On 11th of October 2017, Mr Khairil’s mother passed away from stage 4 colon cancer and this greatly concerns the couple. Mr Khairil is due for a colonoscopy.
Life has not been easy for the couple. Despite trying various methods of contraception, Mdm Jalinah still finds herself pregnant. Caring for 10 children and with a husband that is ill has left Mdm Jalinah at her wits end. Her monthly expenses is high, with groceries expenses alone costing her S$1,200 a month. Even with government assistance, the family has difficulties meeting their basic needs. When ROHI’s case managers visited Mdm Jalinah at her home, it was extremely humid as 3 of their standing fans were spoilt. With so many children cramped in a 2 room rental unit, there was barely any space to walk around the house. Mdm Jalinah informs us that she wishes to return to the workforce soon. As her youngest daughter is still undergoing toilet training and with a husband that is ill, it is difficult for Mdm Jalinah to work at the moment.
ROHI would therefore like to raise S$1,000 (S$250 x 4 months) for the family’s groceries expenses so that her children will have enough food to eat and be able to concentrate in school.
21 May 2018
Husband's Health Update
Mdm Jalinah's husband, Mr Khairil Anuar, underwent another round of heart surgery on the 17th of May and we are glad to learn that the surgery went well.