NGO lends support to kidney patients

Festive cheer: Ong (second from left, standing) and Johor Lions Renal Care past council chairman Albert Tan (third from left, standing) giving ang pow to one of the patients Lam (second from right, sitting) during the Chinese New Year lunch.

JOHOR BARU: When everybody would be happy about their pregnancy, a housewife was forced by the doctor to abort it due to her chronic kidney disease.

Lam Ah Chiang, 38, said that she was diagnosed with the stage four-kidney disease in 2007 when she was four months pregnant.

“My heart shattered into pieces but support from my husband and the two other children allowed me to go through the abortion,” she said during the Chinese New Year lunch in Grand Bayview, Danga Bay Convention Center by Johor Lions Renal Care on Mar 1.

She stressed that it was important for people to get regular medical check-ups as they would be able to detect such diseases early.

“I only found out about my problem during the pregnancy. Earlier on I never went for any check-up due to financial constraints,” she said, adding that she had to quit her job as waitress after the diagnosis.

Meanwhile, housewife P. Sarasuthi, 65, said that each month she had to fork out RM1,800 monthly to undergo dialysis three times a week.

“As a van driver, my husband only earns about RM2,000 monthly and that is not enough for us to get by for the month,” Sarasuthi, who lives in Taman Damai Jaya, said.

She also added that she had other problems including high blood, eye sight problems and diabetes where the doctor told her that they need to cut one of her toes to save her life, recently.

“Now I cannot eat almost everything and need to cut down a lot on my sugar intake especially due to my health,” she said, adding that people should always eat in moderation and avoid sweet stuff.

Another kidney failure patient Jaafar Judi, 42, said that since he was diagnosed with the disease, in December 2012, he had lost about 15kg and could no longer work anymore.

“Previously, I was a lorry driver but since I was diagnosed with the disease, I had to resign in 2013 while my wife, who works as a cleaner, is the sole breadwinner,” he said, adding that he had four children aged seven, 13, 15 and 17 to look after.

He also added that, last month, he was warded in the Intensive Care Unit after he tried to start a stall selling burger to complement his family income.

Jaafar said that proper eating habits were important to prevent getting kidney disease and also advised others from smoking as his past smoking habits also contributed to his poor health condition.

Meanwhile Johor Lions Renal Care patient selection chairman Ong Mui Keow said that the objective of the event was to bring cheer to the patients, nurses and families besides getting to know each other.

She also added that other than providing affordable dialysis treatment to patients, this foundation also provides financial assistance in the form of subsidized medical expenses as to help those in need to undergo their routine treatment of three times a week.

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