Vanitha wants a near normal existence when she prayed to replace her failed organs with the matching donor kidney. She knows she will indeed be very lucky to receive it. Meanwhile, life continues for her and depends on NKF Malaysia's subsidized dialysis.
“Dr. you mean both my kidneys are not functioning at all and I have to be on dialysis for three times a week with each time covering 4 hours for the rest of my life unless there is a possibility of me receiving a healthy donor kidney or advances in medical science?”. This was a question posed by a bewildered 21 year old Vanitha a/p Veeramugam to the nephrologist standing beside her ward bed in 2004 at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) in Kuala Lumpur after the doctor had laid down the bare truth as to the cause of her illness.
She was earlier rushed to the medical centre upon an urgent referral by a medical group in Klang where her mother had brought her for treatment following a recurrence of continuous bouts of vomiting, diarrhoea and loss of appetite. 2 weeks prior to the referral she was admitted to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang for observation after she had similar signs of illness. The hospital in Klang after warding her for treatment and observation for a week discharged her.
Alas, she had recovered with dialysis which took much of her working time as an operator in a Japanese company in Shah Alam where she had worked after passing her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) in 2000. Ultimately, after having being on medical leave for finding a diagnosis to her kidney failure and for her dialysis she had to quit her job.
In the search for a dialysis centre, there was found a vacancy in Pusat Dialisis NKF – Bakti (Klang) which was near her place of residence. She is indeed very much appreciative of NKF which she said, “gives a high standard of treatment with its staff members creating a family-like atmosphere to bring about a cosy and close relationship among not only the patients but staff members themselves.”
Members of the public can pledge to donate their organs with the organ donation promotion unit that the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) had set up at the Sunway Pyramid with the support of the Sunway GroupAlternatively, they can call up the National Transplant Resource Centre (NTRC) for more information or to pledge their organs. The Centre can be reached at 03-26810681/2, Toll Free 1800-88-9080 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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