Kong Yu Hui, 19, of Kluang, Johor, was in her first year of junior high school when her teacher noticed her protruding shoulder blades and high and low shoulders. The circumstances were unusual. Her parents took her to the hospital for a check-up. At the time, the doctor stated that rehabilitation could prevent the disease from worsening.
The parent experimented with various treatment methods for many years. Because of the outbreak of the epidemic and lockdown, Yu Hui's condition has been repeatedly postponed. Until July of this year, her parents were able to bring her to the doctor, but they were told that Yu Hui's spine was 90 degrees bent and that the situation was critical, necessitating immediate surgery. The family was helpless and couldn't afford the hefty RM63,000 surgery fee.
【Yu Hui tried numerous remedies, including massage, special beds, orthopaedic braces, rehabilitation, horizontal bars, and so on, all of which cured the symptoms but not the underlying cause】
Yu Hui has not sought medical treatment since being diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 14, instead relying on a variety of methods to straighten her spine. The city has been isolated as a result of the epidemic, delaying the opportunity to seek medical treatment. Around this time, she began to experience back and low back pain. She couldn't stand for long. She needed to sit down to relieve the pain in her spine.
The family travelled from Johor to Kuala Lumpur to see a doctor in July of this year. After the initial examination, they were informed that Yu Hui's scoliosis had progressed to 90 degrees and required emergency surgery, with a high risk of complications. There is a risk that the spine will press on the lungs and other organs if surgery is not performed in time.
Yu Hui's mother told us with heartbreak that her daughter's condition did not appear to be very serious from the outside, but when the examination revealed that scoliosis had reached 90 degrees, she was shocked because she did not expect her daughter's condition to be so serious; and she is suffering from low back pain problem, but she did not tell anyone, making her feel even more responsible for the situation worsening due to the delay.
In addition to scoliosis, the doctor discovered that Yu Hui lacked haemoglobin and protein. The doctor also instructed her on how to care for her diet in order to increase protein intake while waiting for the scheduled surgery, as well as how to perform bone stretching exercises in order to prepare for surgery.
Yu Hui's father, Kong Poh Kiong (52), is a self-employed plumber artisan with a monthly salary of around RM4,500, and her mother, Ten Yek Chew (48), is a housewife. The couple has two children. Yu Hui is still preparing to continue her education. She currently works as a gift box worker and earns RM1,500 per month. The family is unable to afford the costly surgery.
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