MELAKA – New groom Alfian Rizal who married his sweetheart on Aug 26, despite suffering from stage four Colon and Liver cancer died yesterday evening.
The 34, year-old died at 5pm, at his parents home in Ayer Keroh, with his wife Andrea Adrianna Law Abdullah, 31, and his parents beside him.
Alfian’s remains were taken to his mother Aisah Selamat’s, village in Parit Yaani Tengah, Batu Pahat to be buried.
His father, Rizal Abdullah, 61, told Berita Harian that Alfian had informed him that in the event anything happened to him, he was to be buried in the village and the fianl rites were to be performed by his uncle, Sulaiman.
“He was close to his uncle and had infomed us earlier that should anything happen to him he is to be buried there (village) by his uncle,” he said.
“I knew in my heart that he will leave us today and I accept Allah’s will,” he said.
Andrea, who to converted to Islam and married Alfian, in spite of him suffering from stage four cancer, had reportedly said she is utterly sincere in marrying Alfian, who is her best friend despite the disease diagnosis in March.
The couple first met 12 years ago when they were studying at the Multimedia University here.
Sharing how Alfian was diagnosed with his dire illness, Sarawak-born Andrea, who embraced Islam last year, said it all happened in 2015.
“He often complained of fatigue, and later was admitted to a private hospital for 10 days due to blood loss. However, at that time, the doctor had yet to determine the cause.
“Last year, Alfian was admitted to hospital again, and the doctor still could not find the cause.
“Early this year, he started developing jaundice symptoms and was referred to the Selayang Hospital. Only then (were we told he has stage four cancer),” she said.
Alfian, the only child of Rizal and Aisah, 57, had said Andrea has always been by his side.
“She has always been by my side, even during difficult times. I am touched that she is willing to accept me even in my condition now.
“Alhamdulillah (thank God), my prayer for her to marry me was answered.”
The new groom had hoped to seek chemotherapy treatment in Guangzhou, China following his marriage. – NST