JOHOR BAHRU – The Pahang government will bear the full cost of any plastic surgery done on the eight-month-old baby girl who was injured after she was mauled by a monitor lizard in Pulau Tioman on Monday.
According to Pahang Youth and Sports Committee chairman, Datuk Mohd Johari Hussain, the commitment was given by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakop himself to the victim’s father, Abdul Rahman Ismail, in a telephone conversation yesterday.
“I have communicated with the menteri besar who will see if the victim needs plastic surgery, but it all depends on the treatment after this,” Johari, who is also Tioman assemblyman, said.
“The state government will bear the total cost of the plastic surgery as has been guaranteed by the menteri besar,” he told Bernama when met after visiting the baby at Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA), here, yesterday.
“If the plastic surgery needed to be done is major, it will possibly be performed at a medical centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, which has the expertise in the field,” he added.
In the incident on Monday, the baby, Nur Hidayah Abdul Rahman had to be given 150 stitches on various parts of the face as a result of the attack by a monitor lizard at the staff quarters of a resort in Kampung Tekek, Pulau Tioman.
The baby was attacked while she was in the kitchen of the quarters with her mother.
With the severe injuries she sustained, the baby was initially taken to the Kampung Tekek Health Centre and later to the Mersing District Hospital, before she was transferred to HSA for further treatment.
Mohd Johari who visited the baby and her parents, Nor Raudah Abdullah and Abdul Rahman, said Nur Hidayah’s condition was more stable now.
“I hope she can get to return to her family and home soon,” he said, adding that he was grateful to the Johor government,” he said.
Johari also said the state government had given a financial donation to the parents to reduce their burden.
Also present during the visit was Kempas assemblyman, Datuk Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Jumat.
Besides a monetary contribution, Tengku Putra also offered his home for the parents to stay while in Johor Baharu to accompany their daughter.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman said his daughter’s condition was improving after receiving follow-up treatment at HSA.
However, he has not been told when she would be allowed to return home. – Bernama