Elderly patient needs help to pay RM100,000 hospital bill

Jee recovering in a hospital on Penang island after his hip surgery.

AN OCTOGENARIAN is in dire need of financial aid to pay for his hospital bills amounting to RM100,000.

Jee Koon Hua, 89, is now recovering from a hip reconstruction and replacement surgery after a bad fall at home in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

His prosthesis leg came off the thigh bone after the fall on July 29, leaving him with a broken leg.

His friend Robert Teh, 65, a part-time lecturer, said Jee was struggling to pay the bills as he had no savings.

He said Jee’s niece also could not afford to pay the bills in full.

“He is still warded at the hospital on Penang island. After his discharge from the hospital, Jee is required to stay at a convalescent home for at least three months for better care and assistance.

“We hope that the public can help to pay for his hospital and surgery bills,” he said, adding that Jee also had a hip replacement after a fall some 10 years ago.

Teh said Jee, who is single and staying alone, was rushed to the Bukit Mertajam Hospital after the incident.

“His niece from Kuala Lumpur called for an ambulance to send him there.

“The niece then rushed over to see him.

“The hospital was not able to carry out the operation due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

“Only a few private hospitals were willing to carry out the operation due to his advanced age.

“He was then transferred to a private hospital on Penang island on Aug 2 and was successfully operated on.

“Before this, he was in great pain and in a state of confusion due to his age,” he said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Those who would like to donate can call Teh at 016-207 9383.

When contacted, Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim said he would visit Jee and see how he could assist.

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