Urgent Fundraising – Tang Xue Ting (Scoliosis)
“I love to play badminton, but I am afraid that the curve in my spine will compress my internal organs, so I dare not play badminton. I hope the surgery can straighten my spine so I can continue to play badminton.”
12-year-old girl Tang Xue Ting from Padang Serai, Kedah, has tried chiropractic for one year. Not only did her spine condition not improve, but it worsened to an 80-degree curve. Her panicked parents brought her to the doctor, who said she must undergo surgery. However, her parents could not afford the medical expenses, so they sought help. After reviewing the case, One Hope Charity decided to assist in raising RM60,000, which included surgical costs, follow-up treatment, transportation, accommodation and other expenditures.
【Although their income was meagre, her parents saved money for her to undergo chiropractic three times a week. However, her condition did not improve, so they brought her to the hospital for treatment】
The mother discovered that Xue Ting’s shoulder blades protruded a year ago. At that time, they brought her for massage and chiropractic. However, her condition did not improve a year later and became more serious. The doctor told her that massage was ineffective and suggested wearing a corrective vest. The worried parents took her to the hospital for treatment.
Xue Ting went to the hospital for the first time on 3 September 2023. X-ray showed that her scoliosis was 62 degrees, and she was referred to a government hospital for follow-up. Although Xue Ting did not feel any pain, she began to have shortness of breath in February this year. She also had pain in her right ribs due to posture problems, which made her parents anxious.
Her parents found out that One Hope Charity helps fund scoliosis patients to raise surgical fees, so they sought professional advice and opinions from One Hope Charity. Under the organisation’s arrangement, the parents met with the doctor directly to learn the surgery details. The doctor informed them that the curve in Xue Ting’s back had reached 80 degrees and required surgery as soon as possible to avoid worsening the condition and compressing internal organs. However, due to the family’s financial situation, her father hopes to get help from One Hope Charity with the surgical expenses, follow-up, transportation, and accommodation expenditures.
Her 47-year-old father, Tang Chee Keong, is a colourist in a fabric printing factory. His salary is based on daily wages, with a monthly income of about RM3,000. Her 36-year-old mother, Lim Chiew Liang, is a housewife. The couple also has a 17-year-old son who is still schooling. Earlier, the son met with an accident, and the couple had exhausted their savings on their son’s treatment. Hence, they cannot afford their daughter’s surgical expenses.
After reviewing the case following a home visit, One Hope Charity decided to assist Xue Ting in raising the medical expenses she needed. Her parents 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 or 018-9114192 if you have questions.
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