Appealing for assistance: Lee (right) looking on as daughters Janice (centre) and Carmen go through their medical reports.
KUANTAN: After losing her husband to medical complications last year, Lee Fong Leng has to shoulder on the responsibilities of being a single parent to her two daughters.
Four months ago, just as Lee, 45, was starting to make progress and get her life back on track, both her daughters were diagnosed with early stages of ovarian canver.
Janice Loh Shueyt Yan, 17, was diagnosed with dysgerminoma - a germ cell tumour which accounts for 2% of all ovarian cancers - on the left side of her ovary.
Meanwhile, her younger sibling Carmen Loh Shueyt Yee, 13, was diagnosed with mixed germ cell - a very rare tumour - on the right side of her ovary.
“I don’t know why this is happening to us. Neither my family nor my late husband’s family has any history of ovarian cancer,” said a sombre Lee when met at her home in Bukit Setongkol near here.
Both daughters had undergone operations in January this year and were advised to follow-up with chemotherapy sessions.
However, Lee was hoping to seek a second opinion on their conditions.
“If possible, I would like to seek alternative treatments including traditional Chinese medicine. I don’t want them to suffer any more due to chemotherapy,” a teary-eyed Lee said, before breaking down.
Lee said she had to stop working for the time being in order to care for both her daughters.
Currently, she is surviving on personal savings from her late husband.
Her daughters had also stopped attending school this year due to their conditions and financial constraints.
“I hope to raise enough money to seek a second opinion in Kuala Lumpur.
“For follow-up treatments, medical fees are estimated to cost up to RM40,000 per person.
“It is my earnest hope to see my daughters being given a chance to live out their lives,” said Lee, adding that despite the difficulties, she would not give up.
Those who wish to help the family can pay Lee a visit at No.11, Lorong Bukit Setongkol 44, Kuantan or contact her at 012-966 7828.