I do not wish to link these two stories together. But, my little mind keeps on wondering.
Story one –
Kuching – The mother of 14-month old Siti Shaqirah Azreen who died at the Sarawak General Hospital on Friday has alleged that slow response on the part of the hospital caused her daughter’s death.
Norita Saili, 30, said that though the girl had turned blue no doctor came by to inspect her.
When met at her house in Kampung No. 4 near here yesterday, she said Shaqirah was brought to the hospital because the toddler was crying incessantly, refused to sleep and vomited every time she was fed with milk.
The girl was warded at the hospital after she was suspected of suffering from heart ailment, but died nine hours later.
Norita claimed that she was earlier informed by a doctor that her daughter could only be attended to on Nov 22 because all the doctors were busy.
“I find it strange that if my daughter was suspected to be suffering from heart problems, why was her case not considered serious?” she asked. – Bernama
The other story –
Ex-TYT testifies in court
Medical team on stand-by as witness in Keruntum civil suit hearing appears in High Court
Former Head of State Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’akub yesterday appeared at a High Court here with some medical support, an ambulance and two medical officers from Sarawak General Hospital standing by.
(details not included. The case is a civil suit filed by Keruntum Sdn Bhd claiming damages from the government for canceling the company’s timber licence on Marh 11, 1987 over a forest area in Ulu Baram. The former head of state was among four people called to testify.)
On Nov 11, Skinner (Justice) rejected KSB’s application that Rahman should give evidence at home due to his heart-related ailment.
Skinner pointed out that stress would come from cross-examination and therefore it should not make any difference if he testified at home or at the court.
The court was also told that Rahman was not bed-riddened or in hospital.
On Nov 7, the court was told that Rahman was having chest pain and required an assessment by a British medical consultant, who later confirmed that Rahman was subjected to stress.
Mohd Arif (Counsel for Keruntung) also tendered to court a medical report from SGH stating that Rahman was undergoing conservative medical therapy.
He had been hospitalized at the SGH because he might need invasive surgery but subsequently, he was discharged.
Yan’s thoughts – There we have no doctor to attend to the child, here, we have a team of two doctors and ambulance on stand-by. It is not my wish to link them together. I do not wish to link them together. It’s not fair. The woman’s claim is one side of the story. But, but, are we guilty of ignoring the little children, sometimes, somehow? Yes…? Are we guilty of attending to the rich and powerful first at the expense of poor and weak, sometimes, somehow? Unknowing? For fear? Yes ….?
The Bible has two stories of different setting in the Book of Mark. I also want to quote.
I shall start with the story of the blessing of the children, found in Mark 10:
And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them. (Mark 10:13-16 RSV)
What a beautiful picture you see here. Let your imagination runs, Jesus gathering the children around him, one inquisitive little boy on his lap, a little girl standing demurely at his side, others clustering around, clamoring for his attention, all with asking eyes…
Come back to the real world, and let me move on in the story, as Mark does, to the incident which immediately follows:
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” “You know the commandments: ‘Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'” “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:17-22 RSV)
This is “the story of the rich young ruler,”. In the books of Luke and Matthew we are told that this young man was very wealthy, and that he was a ruler, an aristocrat.
Four stories, four settings…
What do these stories tell you?
It tells me Jesus loves the little children. He is never too busy to attend to them. It also tells me that Jesus loves me for what I am.
I am ending my lunch hour with these words from Jim Reeves …
Why Do I Love You (melody Of Love)
Why do I love you
I love you not only for what you are
But for what I am when I’m with you
I love you not only for what you’ve made of yourself
But for what you’re making of me
I love you for ignoring the possibilities of the fool in me
And for laying firm hold of the possibilities for good in me
Why do I love you
I love you for closing your eyes to the dischords
And for adding to the music in me by worshipful listening
I love you because you’re helping to make of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern but a temple
And out of the words of my everyday not a reproach but a song
I love you because you have done more than any creed to make me happy
You have done it without a word without a touch without a sign
You have done it just by being yourself
and after all perhaps that’s what love means