Teen’s dream in jeopardy

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019

Praying hard: Ooi with Liew’s brothers Chng Sim, 12, and Chong Jing, 17, holding pictures of Liew in the hospital’s ICU.

IPOH: A teenager’s dream to help his poor family by seeking a job in Singapore is in jeopardy after he collapsed due to illness.

Liew Chung Hang, 18, was admitted to the National University Hospital suffering from bilateral subdural empyema (bacterial or occasionally fungal infection of the skull bones or air sinuses) on June 2, about a week after he arrived in Singapore

He was found unconscious by his aunt, Ooi Lee Chin, at her home.

“It started with a fever. He reco­vered after I gave him some medicine.

“Before I left for work, he seemed to be okay. However, after returning in the evening, I found him passed out.

“Upon admitting him to hospital, doctors told me that they must conduct an operation on him immediately to save his life.

“We could not transfer him to Johor as he was classified as a high- risk patient,” she told a press conference organised by the DAP’s Canning assemblyman Jenny Choy Tsi Jen at Kampung Simee here yesterday.

“After his admission in hospital, Liew underwent two major operations on June 2 and June 4.

“He is currently sedated and in intensive care,” she said.

Ooi said Liew decided to look for a job to help his family.

“Raised by a single mother who earned just RM1,200 from babysitting, Liew wanted to lend a helping hand by working in Singapore.

“He has an older brother who is studying in China and two younger brothers who are currently in school.

“He told us that since he did not excel academically, the least he could do was to lessen the financial burden of his family,” she said.

“He worked as a salesman and was an active member of Interna­tional Hong Teck Dragon and Lion Dance Association.

“The association has donated RM15,000 towards his hospital bill,” Ooi added.

Choy urged the public to help the family by donating towards the medical bill that now stood at RM187,000.

She said her service centre would donate RM3,000 to Liew’s family.

Bercham assemblyman Ong Boon Piow, who was present, pledged 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 said.

Those who wish to help can contact his uncle Liew Seen Woon at 016-568 8043.

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