7-year-old girl constantly in and out of hospital

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE parents of a seven-year-old girl suffering from constant epileptic seizures said that they are in need of financial assistance for the upkeep of the family.

Local housewife Siti Ajijah Awg Hassan yesterday told The Brunei Times that her bedridden daughter, Nur Nazihah, has been “in and out of the hospital regularly” close to four years now.

In terms of her daughter’s condition, the regular routine for the family would be to call for an ambulance whenever Nur Nazihah had a seizure, who would then be transported to Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, she said.

There, the doctors would prescribe her medicine to control the seizures before she was stable enough to be discharged, she said.

Siti Ajijah said that on average, her daughter typically spends “two weeks in the hospital and two weeks at home” in a month.

“She’s not well, and is dependent on oxygen tanks for survival,” she added.

When asked, Siti Ajijah said that her daughter was currently back at home following her recent bout at RIPAS Hospital, but said that it was only a matter of time before she would be back at the hospital.

According to Siti Ajijah, the family’s car as well as Nur Nazihah’s wheelchair was recently stolen while they were at RIPAS Hospital.

Although the hospital had supplied the family with a new wheelchair replacement, the family is still missing a car, she said.

Siti Ajijah also said that Nur Nazihah consumes two particular brands of milk – Ensure and Omega – and also requires diapers, all of which adds up to the family’s current financial woes.

“I have siblings who have helped us a little, but they have to pay for their own families too,” she said.

The housewife shared that her husband is self-employed and carries out minor farming work with little financial return.

Meanwhile, her other two children (aged 17 and 16 years old) have stopped school.

A post about the family’s financial plight can be seen on Facebook where the public can lend a helping hand by contributions.

The Brunei Times