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Thursday January 16, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday January 16, 2014 MYT 7:29:06 AM
by winnie yeoh
Zie San (left), chatting with her friend Alice Wong after the biopsy at Penang Hospital.
GEORGE TOWN: All odd-job worker Tan Ah Choo wishes for this Chinese New Year is for her leukaemia-stricken daughter to be home for the family’s reunion dinner.
Her daughter Josephine Loh Zie San, 18, is being treated at the Penang Hospital.
The 53-year-old said she was still in shock as the doctor had just told them of her condition on Tuesday.
“Zie San left school after her PMR to help me with my part-time catering business as my 64-year-old husband is a diabetes patient,” said Tan.
“My heart is in pain just thinking about what she is going through.”
Tan said her daughter’s symptoms started showing about three weeks ago when she complained of a sore throat caused by swollen tonsils.
“Last week, she started to have a pox-like growth on her upper lip. We thought it was just a pimple. But she started to develop a fever and fainted the next day,” Tan said.
Zie San was rushed to the Penang Hospital on Sunday.
The former SMJK Sacred Heart student said she did not feel “too sad” when told she had leukaemia.
“I don’t care what disease it is as I will face it positively. I will beat it.”
Despite the bruises on her hands due to the frequent blood transfusions, she said she would “take the disease head on”.
“If I looked at it negatively, I think the leukaemia would ‘win’ over me.
“The doctors said I have to be hospitalised for a year and cannot be home for the Chinese New Year due to my weak immune system. I’m hoping for a miracle,” she said.
Anyone wishing to donate blood to Zie San can go to the blood bank at the Penang Hospital and mention Zie San’s name.
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