Tuesday July 24, 2012
Standing on her own
After moving around on a wheelchair for a year following the amputation of her gangrenous left leg due to diabetes, Cheow Thooi Nei is anxious to get back on her feet by getting a prosthetic limb.
And the 55-year-old’s wish will soon come true thanks to the 1MCAMedical Fund, which has approved a grant of RM4,800 for her to buy the artificial aid.
Nibong Tebal MCA division chief Tan Cheng Liang, who helped Cheow apply for the grant, shared the good news with Cheow at the division office in Jalan Sungai Daun, Nibong Tebal, recently.
“I am very thankful to the MCA for helping me with this aid.
“I wish to get back to my earlier job as a babysitter to assist my husband, Lee Kim Seng, who works as an odd-job worker,” she said in between sobs.
Cheow, from Taman Permai in Kampung Sanglang, Nibong Tebal, said her daughter, Lee Siew Wei, 18, did not do well in her SPM examination last year, as she had to help her with post-surgical care after her leg amputation.
She said Siew Wei recently started work as a salesgirl in a Chinese tea shop earning about RM800, while her son, Choon Hooi, 16, is studying in Form Four at SM Tunku Abdul Rahman.
“At times, we only have one meal a day as my husband’s income of about RM700 a month, largely depended on the availability of odd jobs.
“I used to earn about RM600 a month from babysitting and I can’t wait to get back to work after getting my prosthetic leg,” she said, adding that she has to pay a monthly rental of RM260 for her house.
Tan said staff members of Advance Prosthesis Centre had measured Cheow’s leg and would have her prosthetic leg ready in two weeks.
She also said she would help Cheow apply for monetary aid from the Jawi Charity Trust Fund.
Tan, who is also Barisan Nasional co-ordinator for Nibong Tebal, later presented cheques worth a total of RM11,000 from the Implem-entation and Co-ordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s Department to two schools, a clan association and an anti-drug association.
The recipients were SK Seri Sentosa (RM2,000) for its Excellence Awards Day celebrations, SK Keledang Jaya (RM2,000) for its annual sports day, Tong Soon See Keh Seberang Prai Association (RM2,000) for its hall construction project and Kampung Jawi Anti-Drug Association (RM5,000) for its anti-drug programme.