How The Malaysian Spirit Of ‘Muhibbah’ Saved One Man’s Life
Here’s a heartwarming story of how Malaysians from different walks of life came to the aid of a filial son struggling to save his father!
Three years ago, Fadhli Sahar’s father was diagnosed with a stroke. Due to his critical condition, he needed to be placed in the ICU. The family struggled to fork out the exorbitant treatment costs around RM10,000 for every session of treatment (not including repatriation costs).
Fadhli turned to Facebook to pour out his feelings. In a heartfelt post, Fadhli revealed “during the discussion with hospital administration, they gave us an option to cut my father’s life support. It means we would end his life just to cut the bill.”
To make matters worse, they were all stranded in London. “We were so depressed and tense and it became worse when we know that the air ambulance from London to Malaysia would cost nearly half a million ringgit.”
This meant that they were not able to bring his ailing father home. Despite financial issues, the family remained hopeful and kept on praying. Their prayers were answered when a Samaritan reached out – “A Malay woman called me to offer some help. She was working in one of the universities in London and said she had some friends, medical doctors who were willing to help,” said Fadhli in an interview with The Star.
To gather more funds, Fadhli started a campaign to raise £25,000 (RM 128, 148.98) to foot the hospital bill despite remaining doubtful of the prospects of success. Would the campaign really do any good? Would anyone be really willing to donate their money? These were frequent questions that constantly weighed him down.
The universe proved him wrong yet again, when another person agreed to donate RM 30,000. Fadhli was keen to meet the kind individual to personally thank him or her. To his surprise, it was once again, another Malaysian! This time, it was a Chinese businessman working in London.
In the midst of finalising matters to bring his father back, they were informed by the airline to get a companion doctor. “We asked their doctors and it’s not free. We have to pay for their service, hotel and more.”
“Suddenly, a group of Malay doctors told us that they found a volunteer doctor. A specialist with experience. When I met the companion doctor, he was Indian. He was so passionate in helping stranded Malaysians and he did it for free. No fees and charges to be paid by using his services, ” said Fadhli.
Due to these acts of generosity, Fadhli and his family finally managed to land home safely. Recalling the chain of events leading to their return to Malaysia, Fadhli is quick to acknowledge that it would not have been possible without the empathy of fellow Malaysians who reached out to help a fellow comrade irrespective of race or religion.
“Being citizens of Malaysia gives us an advantage and privilege that never happened to any citizen in the world. That’s why I am proud to be Malaysian. That’s why I’m proud my country has different people, different background and different races but we have the same heart.” (Very wise words, indeed!)
It is our differences that makes us stronger as one nation with common ideals. This is the true spirit of 1Malaysia!
*Featured image sourced from Facebook/Fadhli Sahar