By AFIQ AZIZ / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
SEVEN-year-old cancer patient, Mohamad Uthman Mohd Saiful finally departed to Mecca yesterday to perform his umrah after waiting for almost two years.
Malakoff Corp Bhd, who sponsored the trip, organised a send-off ceremony in Sepang on his behalf.
Mohamad Uthman’s mother Norafidah Yahya said her son has dreamt of going to Mecca ever since they first discovered his cancer back in November 2015.
“After my father came back from umrah in 2015, Mohamad Uthman began to show his interest. He said he wanted to see the Kaabah with his own eyes,” she said.
Norafidah explained that his son had undergone more than 30 chemotherapies for his brain tumour, known as medulloblastomas.
The boy was supposed to join another patient, Zarifah Zahraa Zamry, to perform the umrah last May but his mother decided to put it on hold.
“We needed to be sure that Uthman is strong enough,” she said.
With the help from Malakoff, Mohamad Uthman was accompanied by both his parents, his younger sister, and also his grandfather (Yahya Maasah).
Norafidah said she hopes his son will be able to complete his umrah; “the doctors have given us the green light to proceed with the plan,” she said.
“We hope this trip will bring some miracle to us,” she added. The send-off ceremony at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) departure hall was officiated by Malakoff’s executive VP (operations) Habib Husin, witnessed by Tradewinds Travel Services Sdn Bhd representative, who is also one of the appointed organisers for the trip.
Malakoff decided to answer the prayers of both Mohamad Uthman and Zarifah Zahraa when they expressed their dream of performing umrah to the media.