Wednesday July 25, 2012
Artificial limbs bring joy to 14 Penang Hospital patients
By OH CHIN ENG
CH’NG Ah Poh broke down in tears when she received a prosthesic limb from the Penang Council of Datuks at the Penang Hospital.
Having been a diabetic for more than 30 years before her left leg was amputated last year, the 62-year-old had endured a harrowing time in the past few months including being chased out from the house by her son.
With a new limb now, she knows her luck has changed for the better.
“I took care of my grandson even after the amputation but when he had a fall, I was blamed and they chased me out.
“My son only gave me RM100 a year for taking care of his son. How to survive on that?” she sobbed, adding that her daughter who was working outstation would bank in some money to her occasionally.
The former hawker added that she was now staying alone in Seberang Prai, but sometimes would stay overnight in her brother’s house in Sungai Pinang.
“My husband had passed away.
“I’m thankful for this gift. If I were to get it myself, it’ll cost me a few thousand ringgit,” she said.
Ch’ng was among 14 Penang Hospital patients who received artificial limbs from the Penang Council of Datuks recently.
Another recipient Suhaili Ayob, 61, was overjoyed to get the artificial limb.
“I thought of getting it myself but it would cost me about RM7,000.
“I’m thankful to be given this aid. This is the best Hari Raya gift for me this year,” he said.
Penang Council of Datuks president Datuk Markend D. Joshi said this event would be an annual affair to help the poor and the needy.
“To begin with, the Council will soon be writing to all our members to come forward and donate generously towards this fund so that we can accommodate as many poor and needy patients as possible.
“We would like to see these patients lead a better life,” he said, adding that the cost of the donation was RM45,000.
Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas was present to give out the prosthesic limbs to the patients.