SAVING RYAN CHOW THROUGH HIS TRAGEDY, MIRACLE & REHABILITATION
YOUR SUPPORT & GENEROSITY MEAN SO MUCH TO US
Thank you, Lord, for saving Ryan’s life!
Thank you, National University Hospital (NUH) medical team for rescuing Ryan.
Friday, 21 June 2019 – This was a tragic day for Ryan and for his family - when Ryan, an energetic 16-year old boy, jumped from a building, driven by his depressive state.
Ryan was badly injured by this fall: his spine, both forearms and his left leg suffered serious fractures. Miraculously, however, Ryan was not killed and he has since been in the good hands of the best medical specialists at NUH for about 3 weeks, and then transferred to Alexandra Hospital for the best possible rehabilitation. He is a brave young man: he has had 3 surgeries on his spine, arms and left leg, each lasting over 8 hours, and he is making a positive recovery.
This has resulted in a total medical bill of SGD186,000 at NUH and with estimated further costs up to SGD74,000 for rehabilitation to follow. As Ryan’s family, we find ourselves in an impossible position, and unable to meet these obligations.
As an employment pass holder residing in Singapore for 4 years and paying Singapore taxes, I am not entitled to access national insurance coverage in Singapore, nor entitled to any government support for this unexpected medical bill. As a father, I have tried my very best to give Ryan the best education and home environment in Singapore. I spent most of my salary on Ryan’s school fees, paying all the daily family expenses and government taxes. I have not been in debt before 21 June, but I unfortunately don’t have any savings to deal with this unexpected medical bill.
Through this fund raising, as Ryan’s father, I hope to seek external help to allow Ryan to continue his ongoing treatment, so essential to his recovery. Without this funding support, the treatment will unfortunately have to stop soon. I also hope to take this chance to alert all parents to be aware of the seriousness of depression affecting young people in our care. Recovery needs long-term treatment for the patients and their family. It needs close partnership with psychologists and psychiatrics. And we all need to be aware that even a minor issue in daily life can lead to tragic responses, and may have a life-long impact.
Your kindness and your loving donation will help us, his family, to keep the momentum going for Ryan’s positive progress and, most importantly, let Ryan know he is not alone on his recovery journey. Ryan is only 16, and has his whole life before him. I am hoping he will be able to go back to school and live a long, fulfilling and productive life. I am full of hope that with the love of his family, and your support for his treatment, that we can give him the best chance for the life I have always wanted for him.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish every family well for the year ahead, and thank you in advance for any support you can offer.
YOUR SUPPORT & GENEROSITY MEAN SO MUCH TO US!