Leukaemia boy dies before fulfilling his final wish

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  • Sunday, 04 Jan 2004

KOTA KINABALU: Phang Man Vui’s wish to spend Chinese New Year in his hometown of Sandakan will remain unfulfilled as the nine-year-old leukaemia patient died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here at about midnight on Friday. 

His father Phang Kon Hong, 39, was at Man Vui’s side when the boy died. 

Man Vui:Had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

“Man Vui kept holding on to me, he wanted me to hug him,” said Phang at the hospital entrance as he waited for a hearse to transport his son’s body back to Sandakan by road. 

He said Man Vui’s funeral would be held at the Sandakan Chinese Cemetery on Tuesday. 

Phang and Man Vui arrived in Kota Kinabalu on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur at about 8pm on Friday after spending four days in China seeking traditional cure. 

Doctors at Nanjiang Hospital in China advised them to return when Man Vui’s condition worsened as he was unable to adapt to the cold weather. 

Man Vui had been suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia since May 2002. 

Doctors at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) in Kuala Lumpur had been unable to perform a bone marrow transplant on him as he had suffered three relapses since undergoing chemotherapy. 

Phang said that soon after their arrival in Kota Kinabalu, Man Vui became semi-conscious, prompting him to rush his son to the hospital. 

He said one of the last things Man Vui told him was his wish to spend Chinese New Year in Sandakan with his mother, brother, sister and grandmother. 

“But I am also comforted by his death. He no longer has to suffer,” said Phang, a mechanic. 

Michael Chong, who heads the MCA Public Services and Complaints bureau which raised RM130,000 for Man Vui, told a press conference yesterday that he was informed of Man Vui’s death in the morning. 

Chong said the boy’s family wanted to thank Prof Dr Hany Ariffin of UMMC, Prof Dr Huang Chuan Gui of the Nanjiang Hospital, Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng, donors and well-wishers who had helped Man Vui.  

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