We thank you for your kind donations! RM 25,000 for surgical expenses is an estimate provided by Dr. Zubair Mohamed Al Fayyadh of the University of Malaya Specialist Centre. We expect additional costs to incur post-surgery for pain medication and follow-up hospital visits for Abdul Rahman Altahan.
As such, we are increasing our target amount by RM 3,500 on the advice of Dr Zubair to account for this additional cost. Please refer to the new breakdown of goals below for an itemized list of post-surgery costs.
In the event that the funds collected exceed these costs, Abdul Rahman and his family have chosen to donate the remaining funds to programs run by the MSRI benefiting orphan refugees in Malaysia.
1. RM 25,000 in surgical fees including doctor’s fees and charges
2. RM 3,500 towards pain-relief medication, physiotherapy, miscellaneous hospital services, wound dressing, transportation costs for patient, and doctor’s fees for weekly follow-up appointments.
My name is Abdul Rahman Altahan. I am a 20 year old refugee from Syria. Before coming to Malaysia, my family and I were living in refugee camps in Lebanon. I could not finish secondary school as I was forced to work to support my family, but I attended programs and classes held by the UNHCR whenever I could. When Malaysia opened its doors under the Mahar Program for Syrian refugees to enter the country, my family was interviewed and qualified to be sent to live here.
I came to Malaysia 2 years ago with my family, but since I did not have an official UNHCR refugee card, I could not continue my studies in Malaysia or gain formal employment. Instead I worked as manual labour renovating restaurants and shops to provide for my family of 5.
On September 8, 2018, as I was on the way home from work, I was met with an accident in the Bukit Bintang area. A car ran over my leg, which left me with an open wound and fracture on my right tibia and fibula. I was admitted to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on the 10th of September for immediate surgery, and I have had 2 subsequent surgeries over the course of two months to correct the compound fracture. Unfortunately, now parts of my bones are growing in the wrong direction.
The frequent hospital visits have put a financial strain on my family and I. I still experience pain sporadically as a result of the injury, and I am unable to walk on my own. As I have been confined to a wheelchair for the past year, I have been unable to support my family like I used to.
I am now under the observation of Dr. Zubeir Mohamed Al Fayyadh at the University of Malaya Specialist Centre. The next step towards my full recovery is a fourth bone transportation surgery. However, I will need an additional RM 25,000 for surgical fees, including doctor’s fees and charges. As I am unable to raise the funds on my own, I am asking for your kind donations to cover the cost of my final surgery.
This financial aid would really be a huge help for me. It will give me the light of hope after the depression I have been through from being unable to move and carry out my basic daily routines. My only aim is to be able to stand up alone and be able to walk without falling and/or wait for people to help me to stand. If given the means to go through with the surgery, I will start to heal and support my family again like I used to, especially at such tough times in life where they need me most. Hopefully, if everything goes well and get the surgery done, I will get back to work and strive to achieve my dreams and be a productive person who can give back to the community.
Goal 1 - Surgical fees including doctor’s fees and charges. Amount Needed: MYR25,000.00
Raised of MYR 30,000.00 target.
The Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) runs several programmes supporting refugees and asylum seekers with the goal of improving the lives of urban refugees from small minority communities.
As of December 2017, we have 1,842 families registered at our centre, which amount to approximately 5,049 refugees and asylum-seekers. Our clients come mainly from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Pakistan, with a smaller number coming from other countries such as Somalia, Yemen, Sudan or Nigeria.
MSRI provides support services which include education for both children and adults, family healthcare treatment and checkups, emergency and livelihood support. Our aim is to allow refugees and asylum seekers access basic necessities, whilst empowering them.