A retired traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner suddenly experienced weakness on the left side of his body. His family rushed him to the hospital, and the doctor diagnosed him with a stroke. His family could only afford RM20,000 for his medical expenses, so they hoped the public could help them with the remaining RM45,000.
71-year-old Retired TCM practitioner Voon Yin Chong who lives in Butterworth, had a minor stroke about a decade ago. He has become health-conscious since then. On 23 March, he had insomnia due to bloating stomach, and his family brought him to a private clinic to see a doctor at 6:00 am the next day. The doctor gave him some medicine for the stomach. Unexpectedly, he started to feel weak on the left side of his body about two hours later, so the family rushed him to a hospital for emergency treatment.
The doctor performed an MRI scan, confirming there were blockages in his cerebral blood vessels. The doctor jabbed him immediately, but the medicine failed to clear the blood stasis. As all stroke patients need treatment in the shortest possible time to minimise damage to the brain cells and improve their chances of survival, the doctor suggested he receive immediate treatment at the only hospital on Penang Island equipped with Mechanical Thrombectomy. His recovery rate would be high if he could receive treatment within the golden window. Otherwise, he might be immobilised, paralysed, and even die.
The youngest son, who lives with Yin Chong, accepted the doctor’s suggestion and decided to transfer his father to the specialist hospital for treatment. However, the family could only afford RM20,000. They were helpless, so they approached One Hope Charity for help, hoping to raise the remaining RM45,000 in medical expenses.
【He suffered a minor stroke ten years ago. After he recovered, he started to take good care of his health and diet, and always did massage and acupuncture】
71-year-old Yin Chong lives in Butterworth. He is a retired TCM practitioner. He had a minor stroke ten years ago. He was discharged after staying a week in the hospital and fully recovered half a year later. He has high cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood sugar, but he took medicines and attended regular check-ups. He used to give free acupuncture and massage at a free clinic in Butterworth but stopped the practice after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He owns a TCM practitioner license and started running a TCM shop in 2008. Later, he was also involved in TCM wholesale business. However, he retired ten years ago after a stroke, and his youngest son is now helping to run the business.
Yin Chong’s wife is a housewife. They have three children. Their eldest son works as a security guard in Singapore, and their daughter and youngest son are helping out at the TCM shop.
Stroke cases are urgent cases. The patients need to undergo Mechanical Thrombectomy to survive. Otherwise, they will be paralysed for life or lose their life. It is a race against time. A slight delay might affect the patients’ intelligence and mobility, and surgery within the golden window will increase the recovery rate.
After reviewing the case, One Hope Charity noted that the family could only afford RM20,000. Therefore, One Hope Charity decided to assist in raising the remaining RM45,000. Yin Chong’s family agreed to fully authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect donations from well-wishers on their behalf.