Peace and blessings be upon you.
My name is Watee, sister of Mohd Shamsul and I am trying to raise funds for my brother’s treatment costs and aftercare.
When my brother, Mohd Shamsul, had a terrible fall from a bunk bed as a child. The result was a blood clot in his brain which could not be removed due to the risks involved in the procedure. Over the years, the blood clot has caused my brother to deteriorate. He eventually became disabled; he’s since suffered from weakness in all his right limbs, and eventually became limp. Despite this, he was known to be a very positive person with no lack of smiles. An active volunteer, he would work with various mosques, orphanages and organisations. Strongly-spirited with excellent sportsmanship, he was especially talented in bowling.
From 11 April 2017 onwards, our family experienced a very life changing moment when Shamsul was found unconscious on the floors of our washroom. Just moments ago, he was still having dinner with us. Our poor mother was thrown into hysterics because her greatest fear happened – the blood vessel near his blood clot burst, just like his old doctors used to warn. He was immediately warded in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The doctors told us he had a brain aneurysm, which then led to Brain aneurysms develop as a result of thinning arterial walls. A brain aneurysm that has not ruptured is usually unnoticed because of a lack of symptoms. However, in rare cases, the aneurysm will burst and bleed in the skull (cerebral haemorrhaging). His brain cells died from a lack of oxygen.
His condition later led to Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), which is a tangle of blood vessels in the brain or on its surface bypasses normal brain tissue and directly diverts blood from the arteries to the veins. Our dear brother was into comatose.
The doctors decided to proceed with the highly risky operation, external ventricular drain (EVD), on the very same day to stop the bleeding in his brain. He condition became critical after the op.
Unfortunately, after the procedure, his brain pressure skyrocketed and the swelling worsened. He was put to sedation and now, he’s paralysed.
On 27 April 2017, a second external ventricular drain (EVD) revision was performed.
After the operation, his condition improved tremendously. Since he was more responsive to his surroundings, her was transferred to the Acute Care Unit (ACA), and subsequently, to the General Ward. To my family, this was a huge relief and we could finally feel hope again.
From 30th May up till today, Shamsul is in a step-down care for a rehab stay.
Though we feel lucky to pull through the most trying time of our lives with our brother still with us, there is another hurdle we now have to face: the medical bills.
Not including the stay in the ACA and General Ward, the bills for the ICU ward and two surgeries were above SGD$50,000. His current stay at the step-down care hospital is projected to be minimally 28 days and will amount to at least SGD$7000. This would cost more if he stays there longer. On top of this, my family and I will now have to make special modifications to our home to accommodate my brother’s needs. These accommodations will include installation of hand rails, etc. A mobile commode, motorised wheelchair and a lifetime worth of medical supplies will also be needed.
Our family has made efforts to handle the financial situation within ourselves but the costs are just insurmountable. All our resources and our savings were exhausted and dried up during this time. Crowdfunding GiveAsia for donations is a final resort.
Hence, we are appealing for $80,000. But our priority is to cover the cost of the surgeries and hospitalisation stay first.
Help in any other shape or form is would be greatly appreciated too. If there are any organisations and welfare centres that we can approach, please let us know. A donation of a used working commode or wheelchair can help bring down our expenses. Prayers and well wishes for my brother mean a lot to us too.
Do share this campaign with your friends and family. May God bless you and your family for your kind deeds.
Family of Mohd Shamsul