KUALA LUMPUR: S.K. Cheng, 65, spent three months at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), waiting for his family to take him home.
The diabetic collapsed while walking by the roadside in September last year.
He woke up in the hospital and was told that his left leg would have to be amputated below the knee.
“I did not take care of my children when they were younger. That is why they do not want me now. I could not afford to take care of them well because I did not have enough money,” he lamented at the Rumah Kasih in Cheras, his current home.
Cheng said he used to work in a coffee shop and lived with his wife and three children.
He said his wife passed away 10 years ago and his son and daughters soon moved on with their lives elsewhere.
They came to visit him at the hospital once, but that was the last time he saw them.
Another inmate, also surnamed Cheng, said she was also left at HKL for nearly three months before she was sent to the home.
The woman, in her 70’s, was bedridden after suffering a stroke.
Her son, in his 40s, did not want to take her home because he could not afford the medical bills.
“She used to work odd jobs and was living with her son before she became ill.
“Her son just dumped her, expecting the hospital to care for his mother,” said a caretaker at the home.
While most Rumah Kasih patients are elderly there is also a 36-year old woman known only as Chan.
She spent six weeks in Hospital Selayang without anyone in her family visiting her.
“I used to be happy. I was working as a cashier and was married with three young children.
“When I suffered a stroke and became paralysed, my husband left me at the hospital and left my kids with my father,” she said.
“He said he could not take me. Now that I cannot work anymore I am worthless and they do not want me.”