Bedridden 17-Year-Old's Dream To Ride Train For The First Time Ever Comes True

"I don't know how to describe how happy she was," her mother said, thanking Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB).

Cover image via MalaysiaGazette & Luqman Hakim Zubir/New Straits Times

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Courtesy of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), a bedridden 17-year-old's dream to ride a train for the first time ever came true

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, 24 November, the railway operator shared that they decided to fulfill Aziana Shaari's dream after reading about her simple wish in Kosmo! last month.

According to New Straits Times, Aziana's mother, 50-year-old Fatimah Hashim, expressed her appreciation to KTMB for fulfilling her daughter's dream, as she has been bedridden for the last eight years.

"I don't know how to describe how happy she was. Aziana was really excited about today. Her dream is fulfilled, thank you KTMB," Fatimah told reporters.

Aziana, from Sungai Petani, Kedah, lost her mobility when she was nine years old

A concrete wall, which was under construction at her relative's house near her home, collapsed and fell on her while she was playing nearby.

Aziana's spine was crushed by the concrete wall, and the incident has left her completely paralysed from the waist down.

Over the years, her health condition has further deteriorated, with complications occurring in her lungs, kidneys, and hearing.

Image via MalaysiaGazette

The teenager was moved to tears on Wednesday, as the specially-arranged train took her on a 35-minute ride from Sungai Petani to Butterworth

The train also made a one-minute stop near her home at Kampung Bakar Bata, where her relatives and neighbours gathered to wave at her from outside the railway track.

"Riding on a train is my childhood dream. All this while, I could only watch the trains passing by my village," said the youngest child of six.

"This my first train ride, I am really thrilled."

The event was officiated by KTMB chairman Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir, who said the company had to make Aziana's dream come true after learning about it

"We are delighted to fulfil Aziana's wish. We hope this will bring happy memory (sic) to her," he said, as he and other VIPs such as KTMB chief executive officer Mohd Rani Hisham Samsudin also joined Aziana for the ride.

Musa also thanked the Malaysian Red Crescent Society for providing two paramedics to accompany Aziana during the train ride that day.

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