11-year-old Malaysian cancer patient who had Legoland brought to his room dies

A "stormtrooper" from Legoland Malaysia visiting Muhammad Danish. The 11-year-old died early on Wednesday.
A "stormtrooper" from Legoland Malaysia visiting Muhammad Danish. The 11-year-old died early on Wednesday.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Eleven-year-old cancer patient and Lego fan Muhammad Danish Maarif died at his home at 4am on Wednesday (Oct 26).

Muhammad Danish had been fighting a form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma and had not been able to eat or drink since Monday(Oct 24).

"On Monday afternoon, his family took him to Hospital Kuala Lumpur as he was unable to eat anything the entire day and the previous night.

"The doctors inserted a feeding tube in him on Monday night and fed him milk through the tube.

"He was discharged on Tuesday and he passed away at 4am today," said Wan Shahriza Wan Ab Rahman, who was part of the team behind Legoland For Danish.

 

Legoland For Danish was a project to help bring the theme park, which is based in Nusajaya, Johor, to Muhammad Danish through public donations of Lego as he was too weak to visit it due to his illness.

The campaign touched the hearts of Malaysians.

Muhammad Danish's wish came true on Sept 28 when Lego Malaysia and Legoland Malaysia came to his Kuala Selangor home with three mascots from Legoland Malaysia - Lego Darth Vader, Lego Builder and Lego Policeman.

The Legoland team also decorated his room in an adventure theme to make it look like a Legoland Malaysia hotel room.

Muhammad Danish's mother, Suhaida Mohamad, described him as a very creative person who was passionate about Lego.

"Lego has always been his passion, and we bought him what we could afford.

"But ever since he became sick, he kept asking for Lego to help him pass the time and I would go out to find Lego for him.

"He likes cars, lorries but he's happy as long as he gets Lego.

"In the past, he used to repair his remote-controlled cars when they were spoiled. He is really creative," she said.

Lego Malaysia country manager Dick Yoong expressed his condolences to Muhammad Danish's family.

"It is very sad to learn of his passing. My deepest condolences to his family.

"May Danish find peace in heaven. My deepest thanks also to all who have come forward to support Danish's journey," he said.