Due to an unfortunate motor vehicle accident in early November 2018, an elderly couple in Kampung Simee lost their source of income and became destitute.
Although the husband eventually recovered, his wife Madam Wong Kwi Yuen, 43 years, was not as lucky. She sustained severe head injuries and following a major operation to remove blood clots from her brain, she was left almost completely bedridden and was dependant on tube feeding for her sustenance.
As a not-for-profit hospital that is geared towards providing quality yet affordable healthcare to the underprivileged and needy strata of society, irrespective of race or creed, the Management of Perak Community Specialist Hospital (PCSH) immediately decided to intervene and assist Madam Wong.
In early December 2018, the hospital’s Head of Accident & Emergency Department, Dr Edward Lim, accompanied by Matron Loo visited Madam Wong at her home and provided her with three months’ supply of nutritional health drinks, adult diapers, sanitary products and medications as an immediate relief to her household needs.
Dr Edward noted that Madam Wong’s injuries were very serious and required very sanitary conditions and proper medications to prevent the onset of any complications. Family members were then given instructions on the basic knowledge of how to look after bedridden patients like Madam Wong.
Thanks to the frequent visits by the management team of PCSH, Madam Wong began to show positive signs of recovery. The PCSH Management arranged for a physiotherapist to visit Madam Wong to help with her mobility so that she would not need to confine herself to the bed for long periods of time which could lead to further complications.
Subsequently as of July 25, Madam Wong continued her hourly physiotherapy sessions on a weekly basis at the hospital’s Physiotherapy Unit where it was better equipped and she has shown marked improvement. All such sessions were given on a complimentary basis by PCSH.
PCSH Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Nicholas Chan said he had first spotted the news in Sin Chew Jit Poh and immediately contacted the family with offers of help. He added: “I hope more people would come forth and do their part to help these underprivileged, needy and sick people because being able to help others is a joy in itself.”
Readers who know of any such needy patients that require medical treatment, can contact our Public Relations & Welfare Department at: 016 523 9000 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for the PCSH Welfare Fund subsidy.