Hadiah Daripada Hati

A singer’s surprise for Hui Yi

By : Regina Lee

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Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and  Dina Bato Sam Bua were overcome with emotion at the surprise visit while Tee Hui Yi (left) looks on.
Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Dina Bato Sam Bua were overcome with emotion at the surprise visit while Tee Hui Yi (left) looks on.

KUALA LUMPUR: Heart tran-splant girl Tee Hui Yi is used to getting visits from VIPs.

But she could hardly believe her eyes yesterday when her idol, Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin, entered the visitor’s lounge at her ward about 9.30am.

Despite wearing a surgical mask, the 14-year-old lass lit up at the sight of the songstress, who was accompanied by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and his wife Datin Seri Ann Chan.

Siti was seen wiping away tears as she spoke to Hui Yi.

Hui Yi’s mother, Dina Bato Sam Bua, was also overcome with emotion at Siti’s surprise visit.

The singer spent about five minutes with Hui Yi at the National Heart Institute and gave the teenager an autographed album before kissing her on the cheek.

Only selected photographers and cameramen were allowed into the ward as Hui Yi had developed a slight fever in the morning.

“Her strength is an inspiration and I pray that she recovers soon,” said Siti.

“When I met her, she was so happy. She told me that she has been a fan since she was young and told me to keep on singing.

“But I did not sing for her because we could not stay for too long and she was recovering.

“Although the visit was short, it was very meaningful to me.”

Siti also revealed that she was invited by Kong Choy to visit Hui Yi when he called her husband, Datuk Seri Khalid Mohamad Jiwa, on Monday night.

However, Khalid could not accompany her as he was away on business.

Siti said she had initially planned to visit Hui Yi last month, but was unable to as Hui Yi was in the Intensive Care Unit.

Kong Choy also wished Hui Yi a speedy recovery and hoped that she would resume her studies soon.

Hui Yi has put her studies on hold for the past three years following her heart condition.

Kong Choy and his wife also presented Hui Yi a bouquet of flowers and a book on Qigong, a slow traditional Chinese breathing and movement exercise.

Hui Yi had a dramatic heart transplant procedure last month after she was diagnosed with end-stage heart failure from a viral infection when she was 2 years old.


source: the new straits times


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