‘It’s heartbreaking. I can only pray.’; Father in quarantine worries about sick 30-day-old baby


SPAOH: “I’m not asking for much. I only hope that my wife and children are always healthy and safe,” said a 37-year-old father whose child is sick while he and his family are undergoing quarantine simultaneously at three different places.

Hernawati and Izwany.

Basri Todan, his wife and youngest child are currently at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) isolation ward. His two other children Nurul Izzaty, 11, and Mohd Izwan, 9, are at a quarantine centre in Betong. Basri himself has been under quarantine since June 18 in Kuching.

What worries him more at this time is his 30-day-old youngest child, Nurul Izwany, who is believed to have an enlarged bowel. The hospital has not been confirmed the child’s medical problem. 

Basri said his daughter’s condition was detected when she underwent a routine examination at the Spaoh Health Clinic and the Betong Hospital.

“The doctors and nurses detected something strange with Izwany’s stomach and referred her to the Sri Aman Hospital,” he explained.

Elaborating further, Basri said as soon as his wife Hernawati Mohammad and youngest child arrived at the Sri Aman Hospital on June 14, they immediately underwent Covid-19 swab tests. At that time, the results were negative.

Nurul Izwany

“When the hospital did an X-ray on Izwany, it detected her enlarged bowel and referred her to the SGH.

“On June 15, both mother and child underwent the second Covid-19 swab tests. What was surprising was that my wife was confirmed positive while my daughter was negative,” he said recently.

Subsequently, all of Basri’s family members were ordered to undergo quarantine.

“It’s heartbreaking. I can only pray. I can’t do anything else because I myself am still confined in the quarantine centre,” said the student management assistant at SK Nanga Entalau, Lubok Antu.

Basri thanked all who had helped ease his burden, including the Spaoh Muslim Welfare Trust Board (Lakis), SK Nanga Entalau welfare committee, his colleagues and the Darul Syifa Mosque management committee.

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