“I will be strong and fight against cancer. My three children need their mother. I hope that everyone can give me a chance.”
36-year-old Chonnipa Taicharoen, a Thai national who married to a Malaysian, realised that bruises were found all over her body in April this year. She felt something amiss and went to a private clinic for a blood test. The result showed that her blood platelet count was too low, and she was referred to a hospital for detailed check. She was later diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. The sudden news shocked the family.
Looking at her three children, aged 3,7 and 9 years old, she will stay strong on the journey fighting against cancer. She endured all the side effects of the chemotherapy, such as nausea, vomiting, hair loss and weight loss, but the drawings and words of encouragements from her children are always her source of strength in facing the challenge.
After facing a lot of tests and trials, she finally found a suitable bone marrow. The bone marrow of her younger sister, who is away in Thailand, was identified suitable for her. She saw light at the end of the tunnel but the huge amount of medical fee for bone marrow transplantation is not something that she and her family could afford.
【The first phase of treatment started in June. Her family finished all their savings on her treatment and had to borrow money from their relatives】
She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in April. Her condition deteriorated in June and she started the first phase of chemotherapy. The family had to borrow from their relatives to pay off the RM80,000 treatment fee.
During the chemotherapy, she actively looked for a suitable bone marrow. It was fortunate that her sister’s bone marrow was identified suitable for transplantation. Her sister is also willing to donate the bone marrow, hence, the family is arranging for the sister to fly in from Thailand for the bone marrow transplantation.
The doctor soon informed her that she still need to undergo two chemotherapy sessions before the bone marrow transplantation. After that, she needs to take immunosuppressive medications and the whole course of treatment was estimated to cost RM265,000.
Thai national Chonnipa Taicharoen studied furniture and interior design at a university in Thailand. During her schooling time, she was active in various social medias. In order to improve her English, she made friends with people of various nations. Her Malaysian husband, Yap Kai Joe was one of her internet friends then.
When Kai Joe travelled to Thailand, they met up. Their relationship improved from internet friend to couple, and started a long-distance relationship. At that time, Chonnipa was interested to start a business after graduating from the university, hence she opened a cake shop in Thailand. She later married to Malaysia and gave birth to three children. She became a housewife to take care of her family.
Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic badly hit the family. Her husband, who worked as an oversea property consultant lost his job. She then started to sell some home baking to help her family.
Her 35-year-old husband worked as an overseas property investment consultant, but he lost his job due to the pandemic. He then returned to Kuala Lumpur and works freelance to provide financial services. Their three children are currently taken care by her mother-in-law, who moved to Kuala Lumpur from Ipoh.
Chonnipa is still young and she has found a suitable bone morrow. What she lacks is her chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation fee. She has a chance to recover. We hope that the generous public could give her a chance to survive.
After reviewing the case, One Hope Charity decided to assist. The family also agreed to authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect donations from the well-wishers on their behalf.
Family agrees to allow One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and at the same time, accumulating the donations from the public. For enquiries, please contact our careline at 016-4192192 or 019-2322192.
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