Through the Shifting Clouds of Fears & Worries
Jul 13, 2018

“Doctor, 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.

All this while, UMMC carried on in providing dialysis and at the same time advised her family to look for a dialysis centre which charged lesser fees for the treatment. In the midst of such activities, her maternal uncle, in addition to helping pay for the fees in dialysis and medication by the medical centre, managed to secure financial assistance for her from Tzu Chi, a Buddhist Foundation. Later, after a few months he managed to get for her “Pencen Ilat’ under the social security organisation, SOCSO to pay for the dialysis treatment.

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.”

To-date, she has remained single, staying with a married younger sister with 3 children and a husband in Taman Sentosa, Klang. She has declined the offer of her mother donating one of her kidneys to her even though there was found compatibility in the matching of the older woman’s kidney with her body system for she feared for her mother’s suffering in the aftermath of the transplant. However, she would be prepared to accept a compatible kidney from any donor who is a non-relative.

She is now settled in her routine of dialysis and when she is not dialysing she helps her sister in cooking as she loves to cook and keeps herself busy by watching television programmes. For light relaxation, she loves going cycling in the park of the housing estate and treats each passing day as a wonderful gift

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 Group.

For more information on these and future NKF activities or to donate towards the organisation’s efforts, please visit or call 03-7954 9048.

- ASIA TODAY News Global Distribution