A 58-year-old man had scribbled his parting words to his family on a piece of paper before he died of Covid-19 at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) in Ipoh, Perak on Wednesday.
“Tolong doa dan terus solat hajat. Abah mintak maaf. Jaga diri semua (Please pray and continue performing solat hajat. Abah is sorry. Take care, everyone),” read the note written by Ahmad Ahmad Taib before his passing.
His 32-year-old daughter Syafiqa Humairak posted pictures of the note on Facebook, which has since gone viral.
“This is the final note that abah left before he was sedated last Monday. I cry every time,” she posted, along with the pictures of the note, as well as the funeral at the Jalan Bendahara Muslim Cemetery in Ipoh.
She later said the family was not allowed to keep the note due to concerns that it may be contaminated with Covid-19, as reported by the New Straits Times.
Ahmad, who suffered from kidney disease, tested positive last Thursday and was admitted to the HRPB for quarantine and treatment.
However, Syafiqa said her father’s condition soon deteriorated and the doctors decided to sedate him on Monday.
“He wrote the notes before he was sedated. He was not able to talk. We also managed to make a video call to him before he fell into a coma,” she said.
Most of the family were not able to attend her father’s funeral, she said, as many of them, including her one-month-old nephew, had tested positive for Covid-19.
She also clarified that she, her husband and one other relative were the only ones to not get infected among her family members.
“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.
“It only took a week for the virus to kill my father. I hope people will take this virus seriously and observe all the safety measures set by the Health Ministry,” she said.