PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian student is in dire straits after suffering a ruptured appendix while attending a youth forum in South Korea as he finds himself without the means to pay his medical bill.
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) student Mohd Arif Gamar, 21, was one of five Malaysian students sponsored to represent the country at the 5th International Youth Forum on Historical Reconciliation in Seoul.
The five-day forum was organised by the Korean National Commission for Unesco and held last week at Hanyang University.
However, on Monday, during an ice-breaking session at the beginning of the forum, Mohd Arif complained of a severe stomach ache.
It turned out that his appendix had ruptured and he had to immediately undergo an operation at the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital as the condition was life threatening.
The youth from Sabah then found himself with a RM35,000 bill.
A fellow UUM student Sivaranjini Anbalagan said Mohd Arif was having trouble coming up with the funds to pay for the cost of his operation.
“I was aware that he had a stomach ache as the two of us were in the same team during the forum. But I wasn’t aware that his appendix had ruptured until my facilitator informed me.
“I visited him today and that’s when he told us that he is in need of money to help him out with the medical cost, as his dad is only a labourer,” said Sivaranjini.
Mohd Arif’s mother is a housewife.
Mohd Arif has collected RM6,000, including RM2,000 from his education savings, and needs another RM29,000 in order to cover his medical expenses.
Those who wish to contribute can donate funds to Mohd Arif at Maybank account number 164481258847, which is his uncle’s bank account.
Mohd Arif’s cousin, Liris Teblani, is helping to raise funds for him.
For more details, contact Liris at 018-9700054.