Berjaya Langkawi Resort Joins Forces To Help 22-Year-Old Paraplegic
11 June 2011, Langkawi Island (Malaysia)  
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Berjaya Langkawi Resort joins forces with Air Hangat Health Clinic Head, Dr Muhamad Rifaei and The Charity Club Langkawi to help 22-year-old paraplegic ( 11 June 2011)

Help, in the form of a physiotherapy treatment, is finally on the way for 22-year-old paraplegic Mahsuri Hawani Nayan who has been bedridden for the past 10 years. After having had her medical records shuffled from hospital to hospital, Mahsuri finally began her monthly physiotherapy, which is expected to improve her quality of life medically and physically at Langkawi Hospital this month.

During a recent visit to her home in Simpang Kenyum, Ulu Melaka in Langkawi last month, Air Hangat Health Clinic head Dr Muhamad Rifaie had pledged to arrange for the physiotherapy to begin at the hospital, which is fully equipped with the necessary facilities. He also identified Mahsuri as being a paraplegic with epileptic seizures.

"The monthly physiotherapy, if carried out systematically and continuously, will improve her blood circulation and the condition of her muscles which are now stiff. Apart from that, she has to be on continuous medication to regulate her current condition," he said. Dr Muhamad Rifaei was visiting Mahsuri together with Berjaya Langkawi Resort general manager Graeme L. Dwyer and The Charity Club Langkawi secretary Sheila Allum. Mahsuri is currently being cared for at home by her 65-year-old mother Rasimah Kariya.

The mother and daughter's plight was uncovered by Wanita Umno Langkawi's "Love Squad" or "Squad Sayang" in August last year where they had sought help from the resort to mobilize the Mahsuri Fund to raise financial aid for the girl's long-term medical attention and healthcare maintenance. Resort's general manager Graeme L. Dwyer approved a RM1000 fund to spur the fundraiser. A Maybank Savings Account was also set up for Mahsuri and held in trust by her mother at Maybank Kuah branch for this purpose.

The resort had also put up a donation box for the staff and had raise RM330 for Mahsuri. However last year's collection from the public was not quite encouraging so the resort is launching another fund-raiser this year where a clear, donation box will be placed at the reception for guests to chip in as well. Graeme said this will be an on-going effort by the resort and will be a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.

"Apart from putting up a donation box at our reception, we will also assist The Langkawi Charity Club to help Mahsuri and her family in whatever way we can as part of our ongoing CSR program," said Graeme during a live interview with RTM Langkawi. Mahsuri's plight went on air on Berita RTM, TV2 on June 12, 2011.

Graeme added, the resort will continue to monitor Mahsuri's physiotherapy sessions from time to time and work with The Langkawi Charity Club to monitor her progress. Sheila and her committee members had also pledged to provide the wooden planks needed to repair the wooden shack which serves as Mahsuri's home.

"We're also looking at modernizing the sanitation as best as we can for the family. We feel that this case is a deserving case for us to mobilize help from our end," she added.

Those who wish to donate towards Mahsuri's cause can bank in your contributions into her Maybank Savings account at MBB 1520777405912. For those who wish to pay her a visit, her address is Kampung Simpang Kenyum, Ulu Melaka, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.