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STAR METRO – Central Edition

Monday, May 10, 2004
Group showers fellow mums with gifts and support
By GOH EE KOON

IT IS mid-morning on May 9, and for Siti Zubaidah Adli, this is her first experience celebrating Mother’s Day as a parent. But unlike so many mothers who will be preparing to go out for lunch or receiving presents from their families, Siti is spending it by the bedside of her first child in University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).

Five-day-old Aby Daniel Hakim was born three days early. Minutes after his delivery, Siti, 29, was told by the nurses that he had breathing difficulties. The immediate decision was to hook the infant up with respiratory tubes and to put him in the paediatric ward’s intensive care unit.

For the first few days of his life, Aby struggled to overcome the respiratory problems, while his mother was on tenterhooks waiting for the worst to be over.

Happily, that obstacle has passed and as Siti recuperates in the hospital, she watches over Aby daily as his condition stabilises.

“The worst is over and he is okay now,” Siti told Star Metro, adding, “I only want the best for my son.”