A former beautician who has been battling breast cancer since 2012 is appealing for donations to help pay for her medical expenses.
Ting Hie Eng, 48, said her family was unable to pay for her treatment at a private hospital in Petaling Jaya.
“I have a medical card but it has reached its limit of RM50,000 in May.
“I need an average of about between RM6,000 and RM7,000 every month for the treatments,” she said during a press conference held by Bercham Assemblyman Ong Boon Piow at her home in Anjung Bercham Utara last week.
“My husband is a salesman with an average wage of between RM3,000 and RM4,000. The bulk of the money goes to our three children’s daily expenses and to pay our housing loan,” she said, adding doctors say her cancer is now at Stage Four.
“I don’t hope for any specific amout of money. It’s all up to the public,” she added.
Ting said the eldest of her children, 20, has a scholarship and is studying in a private university in Kuala Lumpur.
“He also works part time to help with his daily expenses. My two other children study in Form Three and Standard Four in Ipoh,” she said.
She also said that her 21-year-old niece is currently staying with her to help look after her.
“She is a college student and helps me out with house chores whenever she is able to.
“If I am able to stand up, I can still cook some simple meals,” she said.
Ting said she used to take a bus to Kuala Lumpur to receive treatment.
“Since earlier this year, I became weaker and can no longer do so.
“My husband comes back to Ipoh and sends me to Kuala Lumpur and back whenever I need to go for my treatment,” she said.
Ong said he will also try to get non-governmental organisations or individuals enough to donate to her.
“Those who wished to help Ting can contact me at 016-565 7856,” he said.