Kuala Terengganu: While many choose to rest on Hari Raya, staff nurse Nur Humaira Yusof opted to work instead.
She will be spending time with young patients at the Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah’s paediatric ward today for the third consecutive year.
“I opted for the evening shift so that I will be able to spend some time with my family in the morning before I start work,” said the 31-year-old.
Nur Humaira said working on Hari Raya also strengthened camaraderie within the team and staff members, adding that they would share Hari Raya delights with one another.
In addition, the nurses’ station will be decked with festive lights and Hari Raya greetings to liven up the atmosphere.
But she acceded that it could be challenging and heart-tugging, seeing some patients experiencing various health complications.
“I remember there was one instance when a mother gave birth to a premature baby girl, who suffered breathing complications.
“Her parents were very concerned and prayed every day for their daughter’s well-being.
“They spent the whole Raya month in hospital with her and even bought new Raya clothes for her,” she said.
Nur Humaira said the scene was so touching when she saw the couple took pictures of the clothes placed next to her.
She also added that the baby proved to be a little fighter and made full recovery by the end of the Raya season and was allowed to return home.
“It’s moments like these that you don’t forget and thank the Almighty for his blessings,” she said.