Our Campaign Storyends 30 Sep 2017, 11:59 PM
We are starting this campaign to raise funds for Mr Yang Shuai, a migrant worker who sustained a spinal disc fracture during his work of course as a delivery man on 27May 2016. He is 25 years of age and has difficulty paying for his upcoming surgery at a local public hospital, in September 2017. The cost of the surgery is S27,200, out of which his employer is obliged to pay S10,000.
We know Mr Yang Shuai when we visited Healthserve temporary shelter in MacPherson Lane. We were both shocked and appalled to see the young man grimacing in pain coming from his lower spinal area. He has this pain for over a year now and simple movements like sitting and standing are posing great physical challenge to him.
Despite all these trails, he continued to work at the airport as a cashier often for short bouts of time (due to pains in his lower back) to make ends meet while living in Singapore.
Back in China, he has an ageing mother who undergoes kidney dialysis treatment 3 times a week. The primary caregiver is an aging father as well.
We have attached an MRI scan image: red arrows indicate the 2 specific areas of fracture - where this surgery has to be performed. The surgery would involve metal implants to stabilise the fractured regions of the spinal disc.
We would appeal to you all to join in our cause to support this young man in our giving and make this surgery a possibility. It will certainly open up the pathway to a life that is full of promises and hope.
Founded in 2006, HealthServe is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to providing healing and hope to the low-wage migrant workers in Singapore.
HealthServe opened its first medical clinic in Geylang in July 2007. Since then, thousands of migrant workers have come through our doors. In order to better serve the complex and intertwined needs of the migrant community, we opened additional clinics in Jurong and Mandai, and expanded our programming to include casework, pro bono legal services, counselling, social assistance, two emergency shelters, research, advocacy, and outreach programmes.
HealthServe's programmes are run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by a wide network of volunteers, educational institutions, corporations and community organisations. HealthServe envisions a world where every migrant worker lives a life of dignity, and we hope to have as many people as possible join us in achieving this aim.