"I'm really struggling. I have to take care of my husband, and now my son has suffered a stroke. I'm under a lot of pressure all by myself. I hope my son can regain independence; otherwise, I don't know what to do."
These are the words of a 70-year-old mother who watched her son suddenly suffer a stroke. Without surgery, the son faces a risk of lifelong paralysis or even more severe consequences. The distressed mother is in tears as she pleads for the remaining RM35,000 needed for the surgery.
Wang Hong Guan, a 47-year-old man who bakes and sells bread in a market in Kampung Baru Bukit Mertajam, recently collapsed at his stall. Other hawkers at the market called for an ambulance, and he was rushed to the hospital. After medical tests confirmed a stroke, it was determined that he needed a mechanical thrombectomy, a procedure that must be performed within a specific time frame to prevent permanent paralysis or even death. If the surgery is not conducted in time, his condition may deteriorate significantly.
The elderly parents, who live with their son, are filled with deep worry because if their son becomes incapacitated, they fear there will be no one to take care of them. They earnestly plead with the general public to assist them in navigating through this difficult situation.
【During the MCO period, Wang Hong Guan was admitted to the hospital because he mistakenly thought he had contracted COVID-19 due to breathing difficulties. However, upon examination, it was discovered that he had a blockage in his heart blood vessels. He managed his condition with medication】
Wang Hong Guan, a 47-year-old single man, has been a bread baker in the Kampung Baru market in Bukit Mertajam for about 8 years. He starts his day by kneading dough and letting the bread ferment at around 1am, then goes to the market to bake at around 3am. He sells bread until 8am and then goes home to sleep. His mother helps with sales at the market from around 5 am to 10 am, and any unsold bread is given to a center for disabled children.
On the early morning of September 20th, Wang Hong Guan was found collapsed at his stall by a homeless man at the market. They quickly called a fishmonger for help and summoned an ambulance to take him to the hospital. After a medical examination, it was determined that he had a blockage in his brain blood vessels, requiring referral to a specialized hospital for a mechanical thrombectomy. Without timely surgery, he might face permanent paralysis or even lose his life.
His mother revealed that during MCO period, Wang Hong Guan was admitted to the hospital because he had breathing difficulties and initially suspected he had COVID-19. However, further tests revealed blockages in his heart blood vessels. Initially, they planned to perform vascular surgery, but more detailed examinations uncovered blood clots near the blood vessels. This required treatment with blood-thinning medication to dissolve the clots before any surgery could be performed. As a result, he has been managing his condition with medication.
Wang Hong Guan also suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes, for which he takes regular medication. Before the stroke, he had been working late into the night and resting during the day. However, his work pace has slowed significantly since his heart condition was diagnosed, as he avoids overexertion.
In the past, when business was better, the family had a stable income, but after the implementation of the MCO, they have been relying on their savings. They currently make about RM200 in daily revenue, but after deducting costs, the profit is only a few tens of ringgit. Despite living frugally with no vices, they struggle to cover their household expenses and cannot afford the medical bills.
Wang Hong Guan's father, is 74 years old and retired, helping with household chores. His mother, is 70 years old and assists at the market daily. While they have a 50-year-old sister and a 42-year-old brother, both have their own financial responsibilities and are unable to provide assistance.
After a thorough assessment by One Hope Charity, they decided to help raise the remaining medical expenses for the patient. The patient's parents have agreed to entrust the fundraising efforts to the One Hope Charity & Welfare, which will also collect the donations. For any inquiries, you can contact the hotline at 04-5399212, 016-4192192, or 018-9114192.