Helping the mother, Wang in coma

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juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)

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Last Sunday, when I met Meng-Hong, he told me about a tragedy happened in a family whom he and his parents know for long. The news was published in the Sin Chew Daily last week. Then Meng-Hong did the favor of explaining the family’s situation and gave me a copy of the paper with the news. The previous post in Chinese published here was the news about the tragedy and I did a simple summary:

Two months ago, a 37 year old mother, Wang Yue-Fang collapsed during feeding her 5 month-old baby. She then felt in to a coma and the family was worry about her. Since then the scene of the happy family bacame to sorrow.

Before the tragedy happened, Wang was a responsible and hardworking housewife who took good care of her three children and household. She was in good health without any serious illness and the family lived a happy life until the sudden tragedy happened which turned everything the other way round.

Wang was admitted to the hospital immediately for emergency treatment after she had collapsed and was nearly died during the treatment. However she survived and remained unconscious in intensive care unit for 5-6 days and eventually lying in coma.

two months ago, Wang Yue-Fang collapsed and lying in coma; husband, Xue Shun-An doing mucus suction for Wang everyday (photo from Sin Chew Daily)

two months ago, Wang Yue-Fang collapsed and lying in coma; husband, Xue Shun-An doing mucus suction for Wang everyday (photo from Sin Chew Daily)

According to the doctor, Fang suffered from cerebral anoxia, and the condition wasn’t optimistic as the chance of recovery was low. The bill for the treatment before Fang discharged from the hospital hit RM130,000. This turned to be a big problem for Xue who worked as chicken rice seller in a night market. He could not afford to pay the full sum so the only thing he could do was to borrow money from relatives and friends in order to pay the bill.

Now the Wang’s familystaying in Taman Muzaffar Shah is facing a hard time. Dealing with family crisis is one of the hardest things, yet her  husband Xue Shun-An (38 year-old) never gave in to the cruel fate. He continued to seek for help and take care of the ill wife and three children.

On the other hand, Xue has to take care of the wife everyday, doing mucus suction at least 10 times a day, and tube-feeding of liquid food for Wang who couldn’t devour any food. The medicine and medical equipment for daily usage are costly. Taking care of Wang however, affects Xue’s working hours and making the living of their family even tougher.

Although the welfare officer, Wang Shi-Niang visited the family and assisted them to apply for monthly welfare support of RM300, it’s still insufficient and more aids are needed. The MCA Bukit Katil Division Chairman, Yang Huan-Yuan said that they had opened a joint name account of three names to receive donation and funding from public, and one of the names is Wang’s husbang, Xue Shun-An. The MCA Melaka State Legal Bureau Chairman, Wang Miao-Xia said MCA will continue monitor the account to ensure its transparency and proper use for Wang’s medical and living expenses.

Donation of public can be made to the joint name account for helping Wang:

Bank: Public Bank
Account name: Seet Soon Ann
Account number: 3164127807

Any enquire about the donation, feel free to contact the following person as stated in the Sin Chew Daily newspaper:

1.) MCA Bukit Katil Division Chairman, Yang Huan-Yuan (012-6821511)
2.) MCA Bandar Baru Ayer Keroh Branch Chairman, Wang Chun-Cheng (019-6563878)
3.) MCA Crisis Relief Squad Bukit Katil Division Chairman, Lai Zhi-Qiang (012-6362239)

For people who know me and wish to help Wang, you are welcome to pass the money to me and I will be sending the money to them latest by next Sunday (12/12/2010).

I apologise for any mistake in the translation. Thank you for your attention and kindness. May all beings be happy.

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妻昏倒变植物人‧小贩愁医药费全家陷困

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王月芳从昏迷中醒来后变成植物人,丈夫薛顺安(左)在旁细心照顾,每天为她定时抽痰。(图:星洲日报)

王月芳从昏迷中醒来后变成植物人,丈夫薛顺安(左)在旁细心照顾,每天为她定时抽痰。(图:星洲日报)

(马六甲24日讯)5个月前辛苦生下一名白白胖胖的男婴,不料2个月前的一个下午,37岁的少妇王月芳在给嗷嗷待哺的儿子喂奶时突然昏倒,结果成为植物人,导致原本快乐的家庭,顿时失去欢笑,全家都为月芳担心,更为將来照顾月芳的费用而烦恼。

月芳与丈夫薛顺安(夜市鸡贩,38岁)育有3名儿子,长子薛家豪(12岁)、次子薛家诚(9岁),以及幼子薛家伟(5个月大),他们住在慕查化沙花园,原本生活得非常开心。

出事前,月芳是一名勤奋的家庭主妇,照顾孩子,把家庭打理得井井有条,也没有病痛。无奈天意弄人,一次昏倒让她成了植物人,令人同情。

感觉劳累一倒不醒

丈夫薛顺安表示,今年9月17日下午5时,月芳在家里给2个多月大的儿子喂奶,突然,她告诉长子很累,想要休息。话刚说完,整个人就昏倒,手上抱著的儿子也摔在地上,所幸没有大碍。

他说,长子见状,马上上前叫醒妈妈,可是无论怎么呼唤,月芳就是叫不醒,於是,长子焦急地拨电话给他。

叫不醒妈妈儿子求救

“儿子告诉我妈妈昏倒了,我以为只是一般工作太累而昏倒,要他去推一推妈妈,儿子告诉我,试过了很多办法,就是叫不醒妈妈,这时我才惊觉事態严重。”

他表示,当时他在麻坡的实廊夜市摆摊,无法第一时间赶回来,於是要儿子向住在附近的舅公江万利求助,在后者的协助下將月芳送到爱极乐班台医院抢救。月芳被送抵医院时一度停止呼吸,心肺也停止操作,经过抢救后才恢復呼吸。

他说,月芳过后被送入加护病房接受观察,当时还是昏迷不醒,一直到五六天后醒过来时,却变成植物人。

杨焕源(左2)等人登门拜访及慰问薛顺安及其植物人太太王月芳。(图:星洲日报)

杨焕源(左2)等人登门拜访及慰问薛顺安及其植物人太太王月芳。(图:星洲日报)

脑缺氧变植物人

他指出,医生指太太脑缺氧,才会变成植物人,而且也不看好会甦醒过来。

照料太太无法摆摊

2个多月后,月芳获准出院,可是医药费却高达13万令吉,庞大的医药费令全家人难以应付,虽然扣除了5万令吉的医药卡,还是得缴付8万多令吉,最后只有四处向亲友借资,筹足医药费才顺利出院。

他指出,月芳是在两天前才出院,虽然已经可以自行呼吸,可是无法进食,而且要定时替她抽痰,一天大约要抽痰十多次,每抽一次就要使用新管子,每支管子数令吉,长期下去也是一个负担。

他说,家人也要定时通过管子给月芳输入液体食物。“月芳出事后,我无法如常去夜市摆摊,家里只有59岁的母亲江招娣及3名孩子,月芳又要人照顾,加上要购买月芳的辅助品,令我备感吃力。”

薛氏的摆摊地点都在外坡,例如麻坡、东甲及利民达。太太出院后,因为要照顾太太,无法出坡摆摊。

福利局官员王诗娘(右)向杨焕源等人讲解申请福利金的手续。左是月芳家婆江招娣。(图:星洲日报)

福利局官员王诗娘(右)向杨焕源等人讲解申请福利金的手续。左是月芳家婆江招娣。(图:星洲日报)

!!目前筹获1万善款

为了协助薛氏,马华武吉卡迪区会已经为植物人王月芳开设一个银行联名户头,同时为她筹获1万令吉的款项。

武吉卡迪区团团长杨焕源表示,上述在大眾银行开设的联名户头,需要3个人签名才能领钱,其中一人就是王月芳的丈夫薛顺安。该户头是:3164127807(Seet Soon Ann),希望各界善心人士踊跃捐款,帮助薛氏一家人。

他说,该区会在上星期的马青尊师重道晚宴上,成功为王月芳筹获5千令吉,而爱极乐高原宫也捐出5千令吉,目前已有1万令吉。

王春成(右5)移交5千令吉支票给薛顺安。(图:星洲日报)

王春成(右5)移交5千令吉支票给薛顺安。(图:星洲日报)

盼善者捐款渡难关

 

杨焕源今天登门拜访薛顺安一家,以及移交5千令吉支票予对后,向记者发表谈话。在场者包括马华甲州法律局主任黄妙霞、武吉卡迪区会社会发展及乐龄人士局主任陈延东、区会志工团主任赖志强、副主任李钦安、爱极乐新镇支会主席王春成、署理主席江万源、副主席周泗、財政黄金来、区会福利官李春源。

杨焕源说,该区会將继续给予薛氏一家援助,也希望各界人士支持,捐款帮助他们,户头帐目將会公佈,以示透明度。有意捐款或任何询问可联给杨焕源012-6821511、王春成019-6563878、赖志强012-6362239。

此外,黄妙霞表示,以上联名户头,马华会严格监督,確保每一分一毫都用在王月芳的医药或生活费。

福利局官员王诗娘今天也前往薛家处理申请福利援助金手续,一旦获批准,王月芳每月可获得300令吉福利金。

薛顺安一家在去年母亲江招娣生日会上的全家福。次排左2青衣者为王月芳。(图:星洲日报)

薛顺安一家在去年母亲江招娣生日会上的全家福。次排左2青衣者为王月芳。(图:星洲日报)

星洲日报/古城‧2010.11.24
[source: http://mykampung.sinchew.com.my/node/122677?tid=8#]

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Passing on the kindness

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adieu (photography by Enzo Penna)

adieu (photography by Enzo Penna)

My friends and I had just finished lunch at a hotel when it started to pour heavily. When it became lighter, I decided to brave the drizzle to get my car, which was parked at my office three streets away.

My friends argued that I shouldn’t go, mainly because I was seven months pregnant then. I assured them that I’d be very careful. One of them wanted to come with me but I insisted that she stayed with another friend who needed help with her baby.

I walked out of the hotel and started making my way to the car. At the traffic junction, a van stopped and the passenger alighted with an umbrella. Before I knew what was happening, he walked right beside me and told me he’d escort me to my destination. I was very embarrassed and declined, but he was very persistent.

During our walk, he kept telling me to walk slower, as the ground was wet. When we got to the car-park, I thanked him and we parted ways. I did not get his name and may not even recognise him now. Did he purposely stop for me? I’ll never know.

So how did I pay it forward? I was at home when I noticed two Indian construction workers walking in the heavy rain. They were probably on their way to the construction site near my estate, which was a long walk in. I went out and passed them an umbrella. They were taken aback by my gesture, and I told them they should take the umbrella and keep it. They were very grateful and like me, probably wondered why a stranger was offering such kindness.

[Article: Vicky Chong (Singapore), published in Reader’s Digest]
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燕子

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swallows (photo from www.permuted.org.uk)

swallows (photo from www.permuted.org.uk)

我在上世纪40年代末期上学,由于日本占领时期没有华校,我上学时已略微超龄。第二次世界大战结束不久,抗日的情绪余波未了,音乐老师居然以悲壮洪亮的歌声,教我们唱抗日歌曲——《燕子》。

燕子啊,你来自北方,燕子啊,你来自北方,你知道哪一些村庄遭了苦难,哪一些城镇变成屠场?。。。

那是我的生命中,第一次在悲壮的歌声中,与燕子发生感情上的交融。

燕子有一身乌黑光亮的羽毛,一对俊俏轻快的翅膀,剪刀似的尾巴,活泼、机灵轻巧的动作。

燕子既然是北方的飞禽,因何在南方生活?

据说燕子不像其他飞禽,可以到处停歇啄食,而是必须在空中飞逐追食飞虫。冬天,冰天雪地的北方飞虫冻死消逝,燕子必须南飞觅食求存。因此,北方的燕子,秋去春回,过着流浪的生活。至于生长在南方的燕子,常年是夏,无须迁移流浪。

在热带的马来半岛,有许多燕子。森美兰的瓜拉比劳,是半岛上著名的燕子城。但我只是听说,不曾去过。我只知道在年轻时候,到吉打州南部的山城居林过夜,当过了黄昏,夜幕低垂,华灯初上的时刻,头顶上的电线,站满了成千上万的燕子群,高唱支支喳喳的燕子歌。它们在晨曦初放的黎明时刻,便纷纷飞向各方去觅食。

如今再到居林,白天也听到支支喳喳的燕子歌声,但却是空屋上播放录音片所发出以引诱燕子飞入的歌声。

燕子啊,人类的无情你可知道?

时代变迁,帮助人类消除害虫的燕子,如今已在不知不觉中被残酷的人类所利用。它们追随音响,飞入人类专为它们设备好的空屋,在里边住宿吐沫造窝,生蛋孵卵。当燕子婴儿未出世或刚出世的时候,燕窝已被人采夺去当人类的补品。而窝内的燕卵燕婴,即被丢弃糟蹋。人类的自私与残忍,岂是燕子妈妈所能想象得到?

燕子多情念旧,守信专一。北归又南来的北方燕子,也会回到去年的旧巢。即使过去富贵人家的豪宅,如今主人家消沉没落,人去楼空,或者由平常人家居住,燕子还是回归旧巢,决不趋炎附势,弃旧投新。唐朝诗人刘禹锡的《乌衣巷》:“朱雀桥边野草花,乌衣巷口夕阳斜。旧时王谢堂前燕,飞入寻常百姓家”。作者借“燕子依旧,屋主易人”的情景,来表现昔日豪门贵族不可避免的没落命运。北宋宴殊《浣溪沙》词句“无可奈何花落去,似曾相识燕归来,小园香径独徘徊”,燕影加深了诗人寂寞孤单的感慨。

燕子啊,你可知道,人类知你有情,却又对你无情?如今养燕者越来越多。你们是否担忧,你们的后代,将会因为人类的自私与贪婪而逐渐衰微?

文:林华(槟城),刊登于星洲日报副刊

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Jaws wide open, eyes wide shut

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finned hammerhead shark (image from www.madmermaids.com)

finned hammerhead shark (image from www.madmermaids.com)

Thanks to my friend, Perry Gan for writing this inspiring article about Sharks’ Conservation and the reason behind it. I am posting this article on behalf of Perry and hope that it inspires you as much as it did for me:

I have been meaning to write on the issue of Sharks’ Conservation for the longest time.  Why i believe in it and how important it is to us.  So here’s my take (it’s a little long so please bear with me. Please read it in its entirety, I would appreciate it tremendously as this means a lot to me. And nothing would please me more if you would offer your thoughts and feedbacks after reading this, i will write a Chinese version next week!) (ps: I might have sounded a tad emotional while writing this and i think it reflects in some paragraphs, i am not here to judge but to lay down the facts and share my thoughts.  I apologize to anyone who might feel offended or patronized after reading this. My conscience is clear):

Recently I was at a Wedding Banquet with a bunch of friends that I had not seen for sometimes.  The dinner had just started and we just had our 1st course.  Mid way through casual talks and wisecracks the waitress came with our 2nd dish – Shark Fin Soup. 

Shark Fin Soup: a Status food for wedding banquets.  Because of its scarcity and high price, some restaurants have resorted to mixing real Shark Fins with Mung Bean Vermicellies or Fake Shark Fins (made from fish glue) to bring down the costs.  For the host it was important to show that they had not intended to opt for this cheap trick.  Hence the fins had been prepared separately from the broth.  You could still see the translucent shreds of fins on the plate that almost took the shape of an entire fin. Nothing could be more dignified than letting the distinguished guests know that the fins are genuine.

I dutifully declined to take the soup, and explained that ever since I had become a diver I had stopped taking Shark Fin Soup and had been encouraging others to do the same.   For the ensuing hour or so I was bombarded with scores of questions by the uninformed/skeptics (sprinkled with some scorns, sneers and jeers I guess….):

“Come on, it’s such a waste, after all the soup has been prepared and there’s nothing you could do about it, not consuming it doesn’t mean you could save a shark right now, right?)

“If you pledge not to eat Shark Fin Soup out of considerations for animal cruelty, then why are you still eating meat? Isn’t it hypocritical?”

“Don’t be misguided by the Western cultures, the Whites are always teaching us what we should and should not do.  Shark Fins Soup is a delicacy passed down from generations, its part of our culinary culture. Why should we listen to a bunch of screwups who’d done so much in destroying our nature in the past 200 years?.  After all, they cut down the most trees, raised the level of Carbon Dioxides, wreaked the most havocs to the environments and we are forced to shoulder the mishaps.  Now they are pointing fingers at us? Enough is enough! How about a little respect (for our culture) please!”

“Why should we care? Sharks are such Monsters anyway!”

“What you are advocating may have huge implications and impacts to the fishermen and the restaurant owners, if nobody consumes Shark Fins, surely many people’s livelihoods will be affected.  Do you want to see that happen?”

A female mako shark being finned at a shark fishing camp, Santa Rosalia, Mexico. (Photograph: Brian Skerry/National Geographic/Getty Images)

A female mako shark being finned at a shark fishing camp, Santa Rosalia, Mexico. (Photograph: Brian Skerry/National Geographic/Getty Images)

I knew it for the fact that convincing people to believe in me and my cause would take a whole lot of efforts; the biggest plight that sharks face today is sadly still a lack of awareness from us.  Surely some may hold the skewed opinions that my so-called quest is nothing but a way to look cool and hip.  After all, Going Green is in vogue now! Yes, it may look cool to save species rather than destroying them. And conveniently posting and forwarding some “save the sharks” videos or articles in the Facebook may earn me a lot of friends, perhaps even some respects and popularities.

However, my pledge and my quest to conserve sharks really have nothing to do with getting my ego stroked.

Here is what I believe:  As a diver, I have had a chance to see underwater nature as both breathtakingly beautiful and relentlessly unforgiving.  In fact I find some of my most memorable dive experiences to be quite humbling and spiritual at the same time.  As I marveled at the diversity and colours underwater, I started seeing God’s best works in a different light. These moments washed away egos and prides and prepared me to act and defend for the oceans. 

As a diver, I have the vested interest in seeing the oceans thrive.  It’s not enough just to regale friends with how beautiful the underwater world is, or how interesting my last dive trip has been.  It’s also my responsibility to pass the words that the oceans are indeed at their limit (and in Deep trouble). I need to tell as many people as possible, that what we decide to eat today has a direct effect on how the ocean animals live tomorrow. Just as important, I can lead by example and make educated decisions about the food in my bowl.

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October.November 2010

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cheering

cheering

ThesEE two months are one of the busiest and most hectic months I had. Meeting new people from all sort of backgrounds, travelling to many places in Melaka which I had not explored before, and witnessing many incidents and events, good or not-so-good, are putting myself into a new challenge of life. Every new encounter is a lesson; to remain equanimous in every situation, in order to reach a balanced and happy life. Real peace comes when in the midst of all those things and still be calm in our heart.

Towards the end of year, everyone is getting busy. Students are preparing for the finals while adults are busy to hit their work target by the end of year. It’s soon turning to festival season for such Deepavali which just over early November, and Hari Raya Haji two days later, and Christmas in the end of next month. Many children are probably enjoying school holiday and planning their trips with family and friends.

Here, we wish everyone a great festival season and holiday ahead. May you find peace in juesatta.

Sharing some shots which I took within these two months:

pride

pride

leaves

leaves

"are we friends?"

"are we friends?"

hazzy sun

hazzy sun

albino

albino

a little boy

a little boy

real hot

real hot

"who are you, stranger?"

"who are you, stranger?"

baby turtles

baby turtles

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