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Saturday, 20 January 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Dad spent RM800,000 to cure daughter, but it’s still not enough

IPOH: Farmer Lim Kun Song has already spent RM800,000 of his savings to treat his 10-year-old daughter who is stricken with thalassemia.

However, he still needs help to fund her treatment in Taiwan.

Lim said Wan Yue is currently admitted at the Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital after suffering from convulsions last Saturday.

“The doctors have yet to identify the cause but they suspect a problem in her brain,” said the 44-year-old during a press conference held by Pertubuhan Kebajikan Amal Shan Xin Malaysia founder Datuk Seri I.T. Wong here yesterday.

“We do not know how much is needed but the treatment is estimated to cost between RM300,000 and RM400,000,” he said.

“I’ve already spent all my savings for her treatment and I’m appealing to the people to help my daughter,” he said.

His daughter, said Lim, was first diagnosed with thalassemia when she was two but her condition worsened about three years ago.

“She had a fever that did not subside. We took her to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital but they couldn’t find out what was wrong with her.

“We only found out about her condition after a check by a hematologist in Kuala Lumpur,” said the father of three.

Lim said when his daughter was seven, parts of her body began to swell but doctors could not identify the problem and told him that it was a rare type of thalassemia.

“Through recommendations from friends, I flew her to Taipei, where she has had two bone marrow transplants – in 2015 and last year,” he said.

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of haemoglobin. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anaemia.

Wong said it was committed to raising funds for Wan Yue with two other NGOs – My Love Charity and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kasih Sayang.

“Each of us will donate RM100,000 to her and we hope to raise more through the public.

“We will also set up a foundation to help other patients with thalassemia,” he said.

For details, call the association at 019-369 3333 or 016-979 9777.