Woman with lymphedema needs help

Chitrawathy (seated centre) with Ho (right), Kelvin Koh (left) and a volunteer from Yayasan Suria Johor before surgery.

KLUANG: Over the last 21 years, 43-year-old K. Chitrawathy has been travelling to Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) frequently for treatment after being diagnosed with lymphedema.

The former quality inspector at a garment factory here said when she was first diagnosed, she was advised to seek treatment at UMMC.

“I was just 22-years-old when I felt a tingling sensation in my left leg.

“The tingling, swelling and loss of balance made me see a doctor and that is how I found out about it, ” she said.

Chitrawathy said she was now unemployed and found it hard to make ends meet.

“I have to travel to UMMC for treatment and it costs a lot for transportation, accommodation for three to four days, food and other expenses.

“So far I have been managing thanks to donations from some kind individuals.”

Chitrawathy said she underwent surgery on June 25 at UMMC and was still warded.

Yayasan Suria Johor is collecting funds to pay for the surgery as well as other expenses.

Its founder James Ho said they aimed to collect RM50,000 to help Chitrawathy.

“She has shown so much courage and determination to lead a normal life, ” he said.

Those who wish to donate can contact Ho at 019-772 4172 or visit the foundation’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/yayasanKebajikanSuriaKawasanPermasJB. — By JOHN BARRY

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