Continue to care, just hope that there will be no more regret TRANSLATED BY DAWN LIM
80 years old Granny Lian (pseudonym) and his son John (pseudonym), who is in his early forties and suffering from mild mental retardation, live in a small town in Alor Setar. Apparently, many people knew about their existence but no one took care of their daily needs regularly. Consequently, volunteers from the Full Gospel Church (AOG) 7979 Holistic Care Station visited them and after identifying their needs, the volunteers applied for Manna Food Bag on their behalf. Giving some serious thought to their needs, the volunteers courageously continued to visit and deliver the Manna Food Bag during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
After several visits, the volunteers discovered that Granny Lian’s mobility was a little slow. Before long, Granny Lian called the volunteers and requested 7979 for provision of adult diapers. The volunteers learned later on that Granny Lian was suffering from mild Alzheimer’s disease and needed some assistance in taking care of herself. As John was intellectually disabled, his mental condition was obviously poor. He often wandered around and couldn’t take care of his mother; in fact, he couldn’t even take care of himself.
When the volunteers came to visit again with the Manna Food Bag, they found that Granny Lian's health had further deteriorated. Seeing her slow physical movement, the volunteers were in distress. The son in the family couldn’t take care of her and if Granny Lian has an accidental fall, the consequences would be dire. After the volunteers returned home, they contemplated whether it would be more ideal to arrange for Granny Lian to stay in a nursing home. At the end of that month, they received a call from John, bringing devastating news that Granny Lian had passed away in the hospital. Granny Lian was admitted to the hospital because she was unwell, but the treatment was unsuccessful and she passed away.
The distress and anxiety the volunteers used to have during their visits could no longer be felt again. Although regrettable, they did not give up their effort in caring for the family. The sight of Johnwandering in the streets is still familiar to the people. John is now the one whom the church will bring the Manna Food Bag to and care for.