Infant with 200gm tumour undergoes successful op in London 

Nurul Erwani Zaidi, her husband Ahmad Safiuddin and baby Ainul Mardhiah before the operation. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Ainul Mardhiah Ahmad Safiuddin, who was diagnosed with germ cell tumour some months ago, underwent a successful operation at a hospital in London yesterday.

Trainee surgeon Dr Nur Amalina Che Bakri, who helped bring Ainul Mardhiah and her parents to London for the operation, said the 200gm tumour was removed from the child’s mouth after a five-hour procedure.

“Alhamdulillah, Ainul, you’re a strong baby girl! You could not imagine how anxious I was, whilst in theatre. Such a tiny baby, so delicate, so beautiful – don’t worry baby, everyone is here to help you,” she said on her Instagram account.

Nur Amalina said because it was such a high-risk operation, a lot of preparation was made to ensure Ainul Mardhiah’s safety.

“A lot of planning, a lot of scans, a lot of meetings and a lot of patience. The team included surgeons from various specialities including craniofacial, plastics and head and neck consultants led by Prof David Dunway and Mr Juling Ong (craniofacial and paediatric surgeon),” she said.

Nur Amalina said she was honoured to be a part of the surgical team. She said Ainul Mardhiah was being monitored and is reported to be stable.

“When I stepped out of the theatre and saw Ainul’s parents, I couldn’t control my emotions. It was mixed feelings, such an emotional journey and an uplifting experience at the same time.

“Ainul, Wani and Safi are like my own family. Let’s pray for Ainul’s recovery. Thank you for all your prayers,” she added.

Earlier, Ainul Mardhiah’s mother, Nurul Erwani Zaidi, 24, expressed gratitude over the smooth surgery of her child through her Instagram account.

“Alhamdulillah, grateful to Allah. Allah’s help is always there. Continue to depend on Allah. Ainul, you’re mama’s strong child. Alhamdulillah all have been made easy. Ainul is stable, get well soon Ainul, later we shall return to Malaysia and meet your friends,” she said

Nurul Erwani also thanked the doctors involved in the operation.

“Thank you to all the doctors from various fields who cooperated in ensuring that everything turns out well. Grateful, Allah’s plans are the most beautiful.

“Continue to ‘doa’ for Ainul in your prayers each time. Ainul needs our spirit for her to be strong. Thank you all,” she said.

News on Ainul Mardhiah’s condition went viral on social media before Nur Amalina and a group of medical specialists in the United Kingdom made preparations to perform the surgery with the treatment cost estimated at over RM1 million.