“Akmal mninggal 5.45”
This is the SMS that I had received from my younger sister in Johor at 6.12 PM. Akmal, 11, one of her children, passed away at 5.45 PM today in Johor.
He was sent to the ICU yesterday due to fluids in the lungs. My parents, however, were not informed of the severity of the condition, for my younger sister did not want them to worry too much. My elder sister and my brother-in-law (both doctors), who live near Johor and who understood in detail about the possibilities, were there from yesterday.
His condition took a turn for the worse. At 11.31 AM today, she had sent me this SMS:
“Getting worse,one lung not fnctiong, oxygen supply very low.Doctors fear multple organ failure.Ysterday heartbeat stopped for 15 minutes.Kak came twice”
There was no hiding it anymore from my parents. Only then were they told. Before that, at 10.55 AM, my father had sent me an SMS to inform me about “Akmal being in a critical condition” (not realising that I already knew about it much earlier).
Kepada Allah kita kembali … To Allah we return.
*Sat 13 Sept 1.30AM: THANKS to everyone for their condolences; either here or by e-mail … Arep, DavidR (in Korea), F, Conspiracy Theorist, Sherry … 4.10PM: Thanks HishamAR, blogkelate, love-n-hate, Lady M.
***Added 13 Sept 4.15PM: I won’t ever know how a mother feels when it happens to her – a child that you had carried inside you for nine months … and in my sister’s case, were with you for another 11 years. And then he is … gone. It is times like this that we need God’s help; to have that inner strength to cope. It’s encouraging to receive this SMS from her 10 minutes ago. Among other things, she said:
“Alhmdulillah I’m coping though it’s not easy. I thnk we can nver ever be ready 2 let a child go, u being a parent should undrstand d feeling.”
Incidentally, there’s one thing that I should mention here: I’m still on a two-year “Pengawasan” (supervision) after being released from the pusat. Among other things, I’m not allowed to go outside my district without permission. Nope, not even to the neighbouring districts of Kota Bharu, Tumpat or Tanah Merah; if this regulation is followed strictly. This will end at the end of this year.