Retired army amputee gets help from YSHHB volunteers
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Volunteer’s Unit lent a helping hand in painting the room of a 52-year-old retired army amputee at Kg Lugu Landless Indigenous Citizens Housing Scheme (STKRJ) yesterday.
Through YSHHB’s ‘Caring for the Elderly and Families in Need Charity Project’ (PAWEK), the volunteers painted the ground floor room that was built for the ease of amputee Muhammad Hj Lani at the two-storey terrace house.
Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Roselan Hj Mohd Daud, who is also chairman of PAWEK, initiated the painting work with some 15 PAWEK volunteers.
Muhammad said he lost both legs from a head-on road collision in 1992 which saw him plunge under the tyres of a truck from his motorcycle.
“After the accident, one of my legs were amputated. Thereafter, the second one became infected which also was eventually removed as well,” he said, adding that he was in the hospital for three years.
Muhammad said he also broke his arm during the accident, resulting in weak upper body strength.
“I tried to take up swimming for some exercise but it was very difficult because I always found myself sinking,” he laughed.
Muhammad was also grateful for the $2,205 room built by YSHHB, which alleviated his struggles of being carried up the stairs by his children.
His daughter-in-law, Zahirah Zulkifli, who works as a clerk at the Ministry of Defence’s counselling centre, said Muhammad would only go out of the house once a month to collect his pension allowance and also do grocery shopping while being accompanied by the family.
She said they are not able to go out for too long as long hours of sitting was painful for Muhammad, who needs to lie down every now and again to relieve the pain.
YSHHB also donated $200 worth of foodstuff and conducted a spring cleaning on the exterior and interior spaces of the house.
The Brunei Times