From a strong man, he became a patient with paralysis of his lower limbs and could not care for himself. He was once decadent and depressed but didn’t want to worry his aged mother. So, he decided to stand up again, continue to work and support his mother. He needs your help!
45-year-old Ng Cheen Chai, from Taiping, Perak, has been living and supporting his mother, who is in her 70s. He works as a lorry driver, transporting timbers. He used to live a decent life. Unexpectedly, he fell earlier and injured his spine, paralysing his lower body. Now, he cannot care for himself. He has had surgery, and the coming year is the golden period for his rehabilitation and the key to determining if he can stand up again.
His family could not care for Cheen Chai, so they sent him to a nursing home. He needs to undergo one hour of physiotherapy every day, two times of acupuncture a week and other treatments to prevent lower limb atrophy. The expenditure for his rehabilitation is more than RM6,000 a month, so his elder brother is actively applying for assistance from Socso. However, even if the aid is approved, it can only help to ease the financial burden partially, so he approached One Hope Charity to help him with RM60,000 for his rehabilitation expenses.
【Cheen Chai went from a strong man who cared for his mother and others to a paralysed, bedridden patient who needed help. He once could not accept the fact, but when he thought of his aged mother, he decided not to give up on himself and was determined to stand up again】
Cheen Chai slipped and fell from a lorry on 27 January this year. He injured his spine and could not get up. His colleagues sent him to the hospital, and examinations showed that Cheen Chai had a cartilage fracture and a spinal injury. After enduring great pain for four days, he still couldn’t get a date for surgery, and the doctor also pronounced he would need a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
His elder brother did not give up on him and actively searched for a doctor for him. He finally found a doctor who could arrange surgery, and Cheen Chai underwent a smooth surgery on 2 February. His family borrowed money from their friends and family members to pay off the surgical fee of over RM70,000.
The doctor told him the coming year is critical for his recovery, so he is now actively undergoing physiotherapy and acupuncture. He also must pay for diapers, milk powder, medication, etc., which cost more than RM6,000 a month.
Cheen Chai was a lorry driver, earning about RM1,600 a month. His elder brother is bearing the living and medical expenses of their 76-year-old mother with cirrhosis, so he can no longer afford Cheen Chai’s rehabilitation costs.
After reviewing the case following a home visit, One Hope Charity decided to help Cheen Chai so that he could stand up again. His family agreed to fully authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect donations from the well-wishers on their behalf. Call One Hope Charity’s hotline at 04-539 9212, 016-419 2192, 019-232 2192 or 018-911 4192 if you have questions.