KUCHING: The plight of a single mother and her two children with special needs (OKU) in Kampung Bumbok here caught the attention of Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang.

Ani Nios, 56 was involved in an incident in August this year, causing her leg injuries that prevented her from continuing to work. Therefore, she has not been working since then resulting in no income for her and family.

As a step to ease her family’s burden, Lo has allocated assistance worth RM425 to her under the minor rural project (MRP).

Ani shared that the incident happened on her way to work whereby she had fallen down which caused her left leg to get swollen.

“After I fell, I went to a clinic to get treatment and even after an X-ray procedure, the clinic could not confirm what was the reason that made my left leg to become swollen.

“After an ultrasound scan, I was informed that the tendon of my leg had torn. So I had to undergo an emergency surgery right after that.

“Then I was informed that I must buy a surgical knee brace costing over RM400 but I could not afford as I had been out of work since the accident.

“It was very tough for a family of three like mine with only RM700 allowance received from non-governmental organisation (NGO).

“That was why I sought help from YB Lo to purchase the knee brace equipment that I need badly,” she told reporters during Lo’s visit to her house in Kampung Bumbok here on Thursday (Nov 26).

Ani herself is also an OKU who suffers from polio disease that causes permanent paralysis on her right leg. She receives OKU assistance worth RM400 monthly.

She used to work as an elevator operator at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar to support her two OKU children aged 29 and 12. She also has another child who is placed in Sentosa Hospital due to a mental health disorder.

Previously, Lo also helped Ani to apply for MRP, namely “Program Penambahbaikan Rumah Rakyat Miskin Sarawak (MRP-PPRMS)” worth RM15,000. This was to fix her dilapidated house including leaking toilet, bathroom and kitchen.