IPOH: The family of an 18-year-old man is seeking donations from the public to help with his treatment costs of RM187,000.
Liew Chung Hang, who went to Singapore to look for a job was admitted to hospital for bilateral subdural empyema after a week in there when his aunt, Ooi Lee Chin, found him unconscious at home.
“It started with a fever. He recovered after I gave him some medicine. Before I left for work, I did check on him and it seemed like he was doing okay.
"However, after returning from work, I found that he had passed out.
“After he was admitted into the hospital, the doctors told me that they had to operate on him right away to save his life. We couldn’t get him transferred to Johor as he was classified as a high-risk patient,” she told reporters during a press conference organised by Canning assemblyman Jenny Choy Tsi Jen at Kampung Simee on Monday (June 10).
Ooi said Liew decided to look for a job to help his family.
“Raised by a single mother who earned only RM1,200 from babysitting, he wanted to change the future of his family by working in Singapore.
“He has an older brother who is currently studying in China and two younger brothers who are currently in school.
"He told us that since he did not excel in academics, the least he could do was to lessen the financial burden of his family,” she added.
Liew was admitted to the National University Hospital in Singapore and underwent two major operations on June 2 and June 4.
He is currently in the intensive care unit.
“He told us that he didn’t want to pursue his study and wanted to help his mum. He had previously worked as a salesman and was an active member of the International Hong Teck Dragon and Lion Dance Association.
“The association has donated RM15,000 to help pay the bill,” said Choy.
“The total medical cost is RM187,000. Hopefully more donations will come in and help their family,” she said, adding that Canning community service centre would be donating RM3,000 to Liew’s family.
Bercham assemblyman Ong Boon Piow, who was at the press conference, said he would be donating RM1,000.
“It is not a big amount but if everyone can chip in, we can help to lessen the burden of Liew’s family,” he added.
Those who want to help Liew financially can contact his uncle at 016-568 8043 (Liew Seen Woon).