The past 12 years, ever since my first fundraising project to have my life-saving surgery done in America I have been consistently doing the same thing to remain under my US surgeon’s care for the best chance of maintaining my quality of life. If I deteriorate, my parents will have a harder life. Now, I am raising funds for my next surgery in Los Angeles to remove several large tumours from both my arms. People are stunned by the size of these tumours, well-meaning supporters also asked me whether the surgery can be done locally or someplace cheaper. But I prefer to return to my trusted neurosurgeon at house clinic who had done some the most difficult neurosurgeries for me in the past. I only have one chance, if every surgery I undergo and I want to want to go the best chance every time.

Today I would like to show you what will happen to my arms if this next surgery is not done well. The above picture of my right foot, the foot is arched to one side and the toes are crippled. I can not bend my right leg beyond 45 degrees while standing up and I can not jump anymore.

My right leg and foot became this way during my first spine surgery at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital when I was 16 years old. There were multiple tumours along my spinal cords, the tumours pushed the spinal cords so much so that I could barely walk or stand steadily. So an emergency surgery was performed few weeks after diagnosis.

at that time, KLGH had only two MRI machines catering their tens and thousands of their patients every month. They often break down and the films are very blurred. My surgeon relied on blurry MRI films to plan the surgery and perform it. There was no electromyogram or nerve conduction study to assess which of these tumours were causing problems or which nerves and muscles were affecting. So, after the surgery, I was surprised to discover that my right leg was not the same and will never be again. By the grace of God, I learnt to sit, stand and walk in the next few months but I could not do much with my right leg anymore.

Prior to that surgery, I was an ice skater, ballet dancer, squash player, karate-ka with a brown belt among others.

Similar can happen to my arms if my next surgery is done poorly, my surgeons who are careless or the hospitals that are under-equipped.

This is why I am so determined to return to my surgeon at house clinic in Los Angeles this time. I only have one chance.

As of today (2nd October 2017) I have raised RM68,000 for my next surgery, that means I still have RM138,000 to go. Thanks to those who have contributed to my funds so far. If you haven’t chipped in, please do so today. Any amount will be helpful.

If you are from Malaysia, you may contribute via local bank.
Name: Foong Ming Niang
Public Bank Berhad: 6 8872031 35

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Yvonne Foong

As a child, Yvonne Foong dreamed of growing up to help others. To achieve her ambition, she began studying to become a psychologist. But things changed when tumours were discovered in her body at the age of sixteen. She was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 -- a genetic illness with no cure. Fighting for survival, Yvonne turned to fundraising and embarked on a medical odyssey to the United States. Her experiences since then have transformed her into a motivational speaker; inspiring hope, faith and strength. Yvonne is currently working to establish a humanitarian foundation that provides NF patients in Malaysia with financial and logistical support. Visit Works of Gratitude to learn more.

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