When The New Paper visited Madam Norleen Osman’s one-room flat in Ang Mo Kio last week, the child sleeping in the middle of the room started to cry. Then she started to scream.
The housewife, 33, felt the need to apologise on her four-year-old daughter’s behalf. "She’s on morphine right now. She’s very cranky,” she said.
Her daughter, Adlea Ry’Kyla Muhammad Ghazali (above), known as Nur, has myocarditis - a rare heart condition. As a result, her kidneys have deteriorated and she has a bloated abdomen, which presses against other organs, causing breathlessness, severe pain and fever.
The only hope for Nur is a new heart, but there is no heart transplant programme here for children as young as Nur.
Now, her parents are looking overseas to try and get her a heart transplant.