Madam Zanizah, 49 years old, has been tirelessly taking care of her two special needs children, Saifullah (19) and Syafiq (17). Saifullah was diagnosed with chronic lung disease and developmental problems since he was eight years old. Syafiq, the younger of the two sons, was diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, chronic epilepsy fits issues and intellectual disability. The selfless giving of a loving mother to her children after her divorce has left Madam Zanizah to take on the role of being the sole breadwinner of the family as the children’s biological father does not pay regular maintenance for his children’s medical and living expenses. Despite the stress of not being able to put food on the table for the family, Madam Zanizah also worries constantly about her 82-year old mother who was diagnosed with stage four dementia. Her condition has worsened over the years and she is now barely able to recognize her family members. On days that she throws tantrums, she will sometimes complain that Madam Zanizah is unable to provide her with a good life, and although this hurts Madam Zanizah, she has never once lamented about the situation that she is in now.
Madam Zanizah used to work as a cashier at a supermarket, earning a net income of S$1,600 per month. However, she was forced to stop work about four months ago when Syafiq started falling sick often and she had to bring him for medical appointments frequently. Her heavy responsibilities of being the main caregiver to her aged mother and children who needed her undivided attention constantly soon took a negative toll on Madam Zanizah’s health. Madam Zanizah herself has mild diabetes and struggles with swollen legs, and is currently on medication for her diabetes.
Despite the emotional struggles and physical fatigue that she goes through alone, Madam Zanizah greeted the ROHI staff with a huge smile when they visited her. Saifullah was quietly sitting in a corner and smiled whenever his name was mentioned. He also nodded when Madam Zanizah explained to him about the importance of helping out with the household chores as well as to help in taking care of his younger brother. She also shared with us that although Syafiq is unable to express himself verbally, he smiles at her whenever she feeds him and such gestures of love from her children is enough to keep her going. She strongly believes that every child has their strengths and no parent should give up on their children.
The journey of constantly carrying for her elderly mum and not one, but two special needs children might seem depressing at times, but the love of Madam Zanizah towards her mother and children is unconditional.
ROHI would therefore like to raise S$342 per month for three months defray Madam Zanizah’s expenses for the family’s transport (S$242) and Syafiq’s diapers (S$100).
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Pls take care
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You are such a strong lady Madam Zanizah! Take care.