Friday, October 5, 2012

A Selfless Father

I was thinking to post another product nutrition facts tonight. However, I would like to share a story happened today which is quite touching.

I followed up a diet of a kid (an anemia patient) today. His father was asking me recommendation about extra nutrition drinks for his son. As usual, I checked his son's report and recommended his father to buy a packet of milk for his son each day and buy milk powder for his son when he is discharged next week (I even showed the image of the product through my smartphone) which cost about RM1.60. I will take more samples for his son later after lunch even my sample is limited. "Okay, thank you. I will buy right away." he thanked me.

Around 2.30p.m. when I passed by the ward to pass his son the samples, I saw the kid holding a 1L bottle of milk (instead of just a packet milk as I suggested), and his father quickly stood up and asked me "Is this the correct product? I am thinking to buy a larger one but I only have RM5 today to spend". I was stunned right away. Totally speechless. The father continued sat beside the son (son is only able to speak native language), watching the person he loved most, and the bottle of milk means a lot to the wonderful bond the both have. The father doesn't read much words but he is a very polite guy, listening to the doctor or dietitian advice patiently, calm and strong (2 hours journey from their home to the hospital).

I slowly walked away from the ward, back to my office and had a little thought. My mind was blank as I was thinking if I can spare more food and resources to the patients that need most, unfortunately each person can only has limited resources. It was a heavy walk from my office to my car park after work. I hope the incident I faced today won't happen anymore with more care from our society. :(

P.S. The conversation is actually in Malay because he is 'Orang Asli'

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