TRAGEDY struck twice for teenager Tew Suo Fen within a year – she lost her right leg in a motorcycle mishap hardly a year after her father was killed in an accident.
But the 14-year-old SMK Kemayan student is determined to put the Feb 13 incident where she fell off a motorcycle in Kemayan, Pahang, behind her. She is now undergoing rehabilitation so that she can resume school.
Suo Fen’s mother earns RM9 a day tapping rubber and has seven children, aged between six and 18. The family has no means to help her.
Luckily for Suo Fen, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) visiting consultant Datuk Dr Zaliha Omar came to know of her condition.
Suo Fen had undergone an operation to amputate her leg.
Dr Zaliha is looking after Suo Fen as part of her extended family.
Speaking little English and Bahasa Malaysia, Suo Fen has settled in nicely with the family since she “moved in” after the amputation.
“I felt very happy when I finally heard her laughing with my children when I came home one evening,” said Dr Zaliha at her home in Section 12.
“They were watching a Cantonese drama on TV.”
Wanita MCA chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen and Welfare Bureau head Datin Rosalind Lee visited Suo Fen at UMMC on Friday and presented her with a RM6,000 cheque for her artificial leg.
When Sunday Star visited Suo Fen at Dr Zaliha's house, she recalled the accident near her school.
“My right leg was bleeding profusely but I could not feel the pain,” she said.
Her nightmare began when she was transferred from one hospital to another.
“I was admitted to Kuala Pilah Hospital for a week and then transferred to Hospital Columbia Asia in Seremban when my injury condition worsened. I was only in the Columbia Asia Hospital for a day because my family could not afford the fees.
“I was then transferred to UMMC when the orthopaedic surgeon advised me to get my leg amputated three days upon admission,” she said.
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