On 20 November 2009, my mom suffered from Hemorrhagic Stroke. She was unconscious for 2 hours before she was sent to hospital by ambulance.
Upon arriving in Penang General Hospital, the doctors accessing her condition gave up on her. They told me that there was nothing they can do to save her live. Imagine – the doctors were just going to let her DIE!! Worst still, the doctors were trying to convince me that no any private hospital was going to accept her.
I just could not give up on her. I asked for the CT Scan and a letter from the neurosurgeon, which luckily he was helpful on this and even gave his cell number on the letter in case doctors outside would want to understand the situation.
At last, she was operated in one private hospital and saved her life. However, 2 months after the operation, she is still lying on the bed. Our hope is that she will get up one day and live a normal life.
From now onwards, I would like to dedicate this blog to Stroke patients. They are vulnerable to the pathetic state of health system in Malaysia: Poor management of public healthcare and exorbitant cost of private health care.