Gritty Young Girl

Anak-anak ku,

Pernah, Ayah mu ini runsing dan bimbang bila melihat Kak Long kamu menggalas beg ke sekolah. Beg sekolah sekarang ni semakin hari semakin berat. Ramai parents lain yang komplen.

Rupanya, ada budak sekolah yang terpaksa menanggung beban yang lebih berat lagi.

Anak-anak ku,

Gadis yang malang ni terpaksa memikul tong oksigen seberat 8 kilogram ke sekolah setiap hari, selain dari membawa buku sekolah.

Siti Salmah Jasni, who is waiting for a lung transplant, is back at school, lugging an eight-kilogramme portable oxygen tank in her schoolbag daily.

The apparatus, which has enough oxygen to last six hours, is what keeps the Form Four student alive.
Costing RM14,000, it was donated by three readers of the New Straits Times after they read of Siti’s plight in May. At that time she was warded at the National Heart Institute, waiting for a lung donor.

Siti Salmah now has four oxygen tanks of various sizes, but because of their weight, she relies on the help of classmates to carry the equipment while at school.

Gas Pantai Timur Sdn Bhd has also donated a RM6,000 oxygen concentrator which she uses at home and when she sleeps.

She is determined to sit for the SPM examination next year and pass with flying colours.

LENDING A HELPING HAND: Siti Salmah’s mother, Sabariah Mustafa, helping her with the oxygen tank.

"God willing, I want to get through the SPM and join the medical profession. I want to give back what others have given me," she said.



(NST: 5 August 2005)

Kalau ada orang terpaksa menggalas 8 kilo tong oksigen setiap hari ke sekolah untuk meneruskan hidup dan untuk memastikan dia tidak keciciran dalam pelajaran, apa lah nak dibandingkan dengan beg sekolah?.

Kisah ini cukup memberi teladan kepada Ayah sebab Ayah mu sendiri pun kekadang merungut terpaksa mengusung ke hulu ke hilir sebuah komputer riba seberat 1.8 kilo!.

Anak-anak ku,

Ayah gembira sebab ada umat yang baik hati kerana memberi sumbangan untuk mebolehkan Gadis ini terus menyambung hidup. Ayah juga gembira sebab kompeni tempat Ayah Long kamu kerja pun ada bagi sumbangan.

Bagus lah tu.

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