A 58-year-old man from Perak who died after contracting COVID-19 has left behind a farewell note to his wife and children over the week
The farewell message, which was scribbled on a piece of paper, has gone viral after his 32-year-old daughter shared it on her Facebook account, according to a report in Harian Metro today, 21 November.
She was, however, not allowed to keep the paper on which her father's message was written for fear that it might have been contaminated with the coronavirus that has killed more than 300 people in the country.
The farewell note, written in Bahasa Malaysia, reads:
According to the daughter, her father, who suffered from kidney disease, tested positive last Thursday, before he was rushed to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for quarantine and further treatment
"He did not show any positive development. In fact, his condition deteriorated and the doctors decided to sedate him on Monday," she was quoted as saying by New Straits Times today.
He wrote the notes before he was sedated.
The daughter said that he was not able to talk.
"We also managed to make a video call to him before he was in a comatose state," she added.
All of the man's family members, including a one-month-old child, tested positive for COVID-19. Most were not able to attend his funeral.
"I was the only one who could attend the funeral. It is sad because I couldn't kiss him for the last time. I could only watch him from afar. COVID-19 is no joke and no one is immune," she said while urging people to take the virus seriously and observe all the safety measures set by the Ministry of Health.
It only took a week for the virus to kill my father.
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