From The Star,
JOHOR BARU: All thalassemia patient Yap Sin Yee wants is to be able to run around and play with her classmates.
The 11-year-old, who has been suffering from the inherited blood disease since she was eight months old, said she always felt envious to see her friends taking part in sports while she could only sit and watch.
“I would love to play sports one day,” said Sin Yee.
“But for now I can only watch Taiwanese television shows,” she said, adding that she also had to watch what she ate.
“I have to stay away from things with a high iron content. So I can only eat chicken, rice and certain types of vegetables.”
Her mother Eng Siew Chu, 37, said they found a suitable stem cell donor in Taiwan but the operation costs RM250,000.
“At the moment, we have to administer an injection daily to balance the iron level in my daughter’s body.
“So far we have only managed to raise about RM10,000 and my husband, a construction worker, does not earn much.
“We hope that with sufficient donations, Sin Yee can undergo the transplant in February,” she said at a press conference organised by Johor MCA Public Complaints Bureau chief Chia Song Cheng.
Eng said that after the operation, Sin Yee would need to stay at the hospital for six months to recover.
“I really hope that one day, my daughter can lead a normal life,” said the mother of two.
Chia said those who wish to donate can contact him at 019-773 1281 or write cheques to Persatuan Kebajikan Masyarakat Parlimen Pulai and send them to 57A Jalan Indah 1/1, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Baru, Johor, with Sin Yee’s name written at the back.