"Doctor informed me that if the scoliosis issue is not treated, it will only worsen by 1 degree each year. My spine has already curved 90 degrees, and I'm only 35 years old. If the curvature continues, I may become paralyzed or even lose my life. Please, everyone, help me."
Ngu Zee Wei from Machang Bubok, Bukit Mertajam, Penang, has been dealing with scoliosis for a long time without realizing it. Even though she experienced back pain and got used to breathing through her mouth, thinking it was a nose issue, it wasn't until she discovered a severe curvature in her spine that she sought medical attention. After consulting with a doctor, she learned that her spine has curved 90 degrees, leading to difficulty breathing due to compression of the lungs.
She shoulders a slanted posture, experiences pain in the shoulders and neck, and finds it challenging to stand or sit for extended periods. Despite enduring the discomfort, she fears the risk of paralysis and urgently seeks assistance for the RM55,000 surgery cost.
【If left untreated, the curvature will worsen by at least one degree per year】
During her adolescence, Ngu Zee Wei experienced scoliosis, and surgery was recommended to correct the curvature of her spine. Due to potential risks and the high cost of the surgery, she opted not to proceed. Instead, she engaged in yoga and swimming in the hope of improvement.
In 2022, her friends noticed something unusual about her physical condition, and her family became concerned. In September 2023, after delaying the consultation, she was diagnosed with an 80-degree curvature of the spine. The doctor advised immediate surgery, stating that without intervention, the curvature would worsen by at least one degree annually. Further delay would increase the risk of surgery.
Two months later, she sought the opinion of a spine specialist, and tests confirmed a 90-degree curvature, necessitating prompt surgery. Without intervention, there was a concern of organ compression and potential paralysis in the future.
Ngu Zee Wei's husband, Ooi Xiang Jie (35 years old), is an elevator design surveyor with a monthly income of RM6,500. He also works part-time in a spray paint factory, earning an additional approximately RM700. Before marriage, Zee Wei worked as a secretary and later became a housewife. The couple has two daughters, aged 5 and 2. Zee Wei also works part-time managing accounting data for friends, earning around RM200 per month.
Despite their hard work to manage expenses, the family, consisting of four members, used to live with Xiang Jie's brother. They moved into a new home last year, and most of their savings went into the new residence. They are unable to afford Zee Wei's surgery and are seeking assistance.
Following a home visit and assessment, One Hope Charity's board decided to assist Ngu Zee Wei in raising the required RM55,000 for the surgery. She agreed to entrust the fundraising activities to ONE HOPE CHARITY, which will also handle the collection of donations. For any inquiries, individuals can contact One Hope Charity hotline at 04-539 9212, 016-4192 192, 019-2322 192, 018-911 4192.