Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Nightmare...

Today is the 9th Day of 2012 Dragon year. For the past 2 weeks, it has been a long nightmare for our family. My 24 years old niece is diagnosed with kidney problem and it is at a serious stage. We visited 3 specialist including Dr Clare Tan, the Consultant Nephrologist at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). All 3 Specialist advise for kidney dialysis. The Specialist brought us to dialysis centre so we can chit-chat with the patients. We visited National Kidney Foundation (NKF) dialysis centre in Kuching as well. Specialist said, my niece can only survive with dialysis. It has been a very painful moment for everyone in the family, especially my niece and her parents. Normally, kidney failure patient needs 3 times dialysis a week, and about 4 hours for each session. Which means that about 12 hours a week. Each session will cost about RM200, have not include other fee and medicine involved. Based on the information from kidney dialysis patient at medical centre, they dialysis cost about RM4000 per month...

As at now, while waiting for the dialysis decision, my niece is taking medicine & vitamin supplement from SGH (packs and packs of them) and traditional chinese medicine (TCM) as well. She has kidney problem when she was about 4 years old. The traditional chinese medicine cure her at that moment. So, now my brother is going back to the TCM. Other than that, my brother also looking for other alternative such as medical body massage and yesterday met another TCM which has cured some kidney patients. We know it is not right to mix the medicine, but we have no choice...

I really hope and pray that my niece will no need to go through dialysis...I cannot stop from thinking of her condition... She is now in her final year at University Malaysia Terengganu. We had to stop her from finishing her final semester there...

If really need to go through dialysis, another concern is the cost involved. My niece is not covered by insurance. Unless she managed to be accepted to NKF dialysis centre, our family wont be able to cope with the huge medical expenses... even at NKF dialysis centre, the cost needed is roughly RM1K+++ (depend on condition).

If any of you had any information which can help my niece situation, please do let me know. I thank you in advance.