**RM10,000 has been channelled from the “emergency medical reserve fund”. Hence, One Hope Charity will only launch a fundraising of RM75,000 for this case.**
"She used to speak a few words when she was little, and she used to call me 'Ayah, Ayah' (Dad). Unfortunately, she's almost 6 years old now, and my wife has only heard her call her 'Mak' (Mom) once..."
Nur Adzreen Zahirah binti Khairil Azhar has hearing issues in both ears. At the age of 2, she could say some simple words, recite numbers or letters, which wasn't significantly different from other children her age. However, during the Movement Control Order (MCO), her father gradually noticed her speech was unclear. Despite nearing 3 years of age, she could only speak single words. He thought she might be facing a speech delay, but after a proper diagnosis, they discovered her issues went beyond that.
【It was only after a diagnosis at the hospital that they discovered the cause of her speech delay was due to the hearing loss in both ears】
Khairil Azhar bin Azizan (40 years old), the father, mentioned that their second son had some speech difficulties when he was younger, but these improved after he started school. So they initially thought their daughter's situation would also improve over time.
During the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, Noraziah Hassan (37 years old), the mother, went for a prenatal checkup and took 3-year-old Nur Adzreen Zahirah with her to the hospital. At that time, it was confirmed that the girl had a speech delay. Further tests were conducted at an ear, nose, and throat specialist hospital, and it was diagnosed that her right ear had a severe to profound hearing loss, while her left ear had a very severe hearing loss, almost considered deaf.
Since then, Nur Adzreen Zahirah has been using hearing aids in both ears. She can only hear when someone speaks loudly right next to her ears. Her father expressed that due to the need to speak loudly to communicate with their daughter, their neighbors mistakenly believed that their family had issues.
Now, at 5 years old, Nur Adzreen Zahirah can only speak a few single words. Sometimes, she will spontaneously say a few words, but she doesn't understand their meaning and makes sounds based on her feelings, almost like speaking an "alien language." She was also suspected of having autism due to limited eye contact, but this was later ruled out by a psychologist.
【They don't want their child's hearing loss issue to hinder her growth and learning. They hope for assistance and support from the public】
Doctors have advised Nur Adzreen Zahirah to undergo a cochlear implant surgery this year, especially because she's already attending kindergarten and can only use simple gestures to communicate with her teacher and classmates. It's evident that both her learning and communication abilities are affected. However, her parents found themselves in a dilemma when they learned that the cost of the unilateral cochlear implant surgery is RM85,000.
Khairil Azhar, who works as government servant, earns a monthly salary of approximately RM6,000. However, this income must cover various expenses, including mortgage payments, family insurance, the education and miscellaneous expenses for their four children aged 1 to 11, as well as utility bills. Mother Noraziah Hassan is a housewife and is responsible for taking care of the children.
To expedite improving Nur Adzreen Zahirah's hearing, they decided to seek assistance from the ONE HOPE CHARITY. After a home visit and assessment, ONE HOPE CHARITY decided to help raise the remaining RM85,000 required for the surgery to ensure she receives treatment as soon as possible.
The family has agreed to entrust the fundraising activities to the ONE HOPE CHARITY and allow them to collect the donations. For any inquiries, you can contact the hotline at 04-539 9212, 016-4192 192, 019-2322 192, or 018-911 4192.