There is no limit to how far a devoted parent will go to ensure their child’s welfare.
Mr Yeow Zhanchi is such a parent. Out of his desperation to preserve his limited eyesight and his livelihood so he could continue providing for his 5 year old son, he opted to have surgery at a private hospital as the surgery could be performed immediately. While the surgery was a success, post-surgery complications have left him unable to work. The hospital bill and the follow-up medical treatments due to his post-surgery complications have also left him in insurmountable credit card debt. In a terrible twist of fate, the succesful surgery resulted in delibitating complications which now threaten his ability to provide for his son.
Mr Yeow has battled fragile health since he was a child. Diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis, which is a genetic disorder which causes tumours to form on nerve tissue, as a child, Mr Yeow is nearly blind in his right eye.
In September 2016, Mr Yeow found out that he had a tumour in his pituitary gland. Although the tumour was benign, it was growing and could potentially touch his optic nerve. If this were to happen, there was a chance he could go blind in his left eye.
As Mr Yeow is the main breadwinner in his family, this diagnosis was devastating. If he were to lose vision in his left eye, he would be practically blind. He would not be able to continue his current employment, which is as an Operator at a Mfg company. As his highest education level is ITE, most of the jobs he qualifies for are blue collar jobs which require him to move around or operate machinery. These jobs would not be open to him if he were to lose his sight.
At the time of diagnosis, Mr Yeow was being treated at Hospital Between September 2016 and March 2017, he had 3 consultations at Hospital. The first doctor was keen to operate and told him that a surgery date would be booked during his next visit (the second visit). However, a surgery date was never booked because the doctor told him that they had a major operation coming up.
Meanwhile, Mr Yeow was becoming increasingly anxious as it had been 6 months since he had been advised to remove the tumour in order to preserve his eyesight. He researched where else he could have the surgery performed and found that SGH and NUH were options. However, he was afraid that there would be delays as they were also public hospitals. Desperate to have the tumour removed as soon as possible so he could preserve his eyesight and his livelihood, he decided to have the operation at Mount Elizabeth Novena.
Mr Yeow underwent the operation in March 2017 and the tumour was successfully removed. However, there were some post operation complications and he developed Diabetic insipidus. This condition has caused an imbalance of water in the body that leads to intense thirst even after drinking fluids. A practical result of this is that he constantly needs to excrete large amounts of urine. This has affected his work as his shift work requires him to stand on the factory floor for long periods of time. The treatment for this condition is expensive and needs to be administered on a recurring basis.
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In addition, he also has to pay for medication to manage his high blood pressure , Costly post operation complications Follow Up Check up. .
utility bill , Children School fee and Living Expense .are a Big Obstacles to go thru