Urgent Fundraising – Peh Leng Heng (Myelodysplastic Syndromes)



"I have a wife and children to take care of, and I have responsibilities to bear. Therefore, I must stay strong and cooperate with treatment; my wife is due to deliver in August, and I hope everyone can help me undergo bone marrow transplantation. Once I recover my health, I can continue to support my wife and children."

Peh Leng Heng, from Kelantan, has settled in Butterworth, Penang, for the sake of love and leads a contented life with his small family. However, unforeseen challenges arose suddenly. He experienced a bout of fever, cold, cough, and loss of appetite, followed by a sudden collapse. Blood tests at the hospital revealed abnormal blood indices, and further examinations confirmed he suffers from Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a disorder characterized by abnormal development of hematopoietic cells leading to ineffective blood formation. Doctors recommended a bone marrow transplant.

Since his sister's bone marrow is not a match, doctors have to search the bone marrow registry for a compatible donor. Peh Leng Heng and his family are unable to afford the substantial medical expenses, and they are seeking assistance for the RM 280,000 medical fee.

【Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) typically affects individuals aged 60 and above. However, at only 33 years old, Peh Leng Heng was diagnosed with this condition, which came as a shock to him. Despite this, he is determined to face the challenges head-on for the sake of his wife and children】

Peh Leng Heng had been in good health until October last year when he suddenly developed a cough, cold, and fever, accompanied by loss of appetite. Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 during that period, he only sought treatment at a government clinic and took medication. However, when his symptoms persisted after a week, he visited a private clinic where he was prescribed antibiotics. Although many symptoms disappeared, he still lacked appetite.

In December, he collapsed after using the toilet in the morning. His wife rushed him to a nearby hospital where blood tests revealed low levels of red and white blood cells as well as platelets. Concerned about the possibility of a cerebral hemorrhage, the doctor arranged for him to be urgently hospitalized for a series of tests. After ruling out factors such as dengue fever and hepatitis B that could cause blood abnormalities, the test results showed the presence of abnormal cells in his blood.

The doctor promptly performed a bone marrow examination, which revealed 6% cancer cells. He was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a condition where the bone marrow fails to produce normal blood cells, leading to symptoms such as anemia, bleeding, and susceptibility to infections.

The doctor informed him that besides chemotherapy, the ultimate goal was to undergo a bone marrow transplant. However, neither his siblings nor local donors were a match, so he participated in a bone marrow donation program to find a suitable donor. The exorbitant medical expenses left him and his family feeling helpless, even their insurance coverage of up to RM 50,000 per year was insufficient to cover the medical bills.

Peh Leng Heng is a sales engineer and has been on unpaid leave since undergoing treatment. His wife (33 years old), works as an administrative executive. They have a 1-year-old daughter, and his wife is currently pregnant with their second child, due in August.

After conducting a home visit and assessment, One Hope Charity decided to assist in raising RM 280,000 for medical expenses. The family agreed to entrust the fundraising activities to One Hope Charity, One Hope Charity will also contribute RM 10,000 from its Emergency Medical Reserved Fund. For any inquiries, please contact the foundation hotline at 04-539 9212, 016-4192 192, 019-2322 192, 018-911 4192.

【Little knowledge】

MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndromes) is a blood disorder but not a form of leukemia (blood cancer). It is caused by abnormal functioning of stem cells in the bone marrow, leading to impaired hematopoiesis, including anemia, decreased platelet count, and decreased white blood cell count.

Although MDS can progress to Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in some cases, it is not classified as leukemia itself. Leukemia is a blood and bone marrow disorder caused by abnormal proliferation of white blood cells. While MDS shares similar symptoms with leukemia, their pathophysiology and treatment approaches differ.

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