KUALA LUMPUR: While most 10-year-olds would be out playing sports and exploring, this is not the case for Angel Eng Low Hui Mei who has scoliosis.
Having a 36-degree curved back, her condition has restricted her from doing heavy activities such as carrying her school books in her backpack and opting for a trolley bag instead.
Eng's grandmother, Yeow Kwek Lai, 53, said she noticed one of Eng's shoulders was slightly raised when standing up and that her spine was curved.
This prompted them to go to a nearby hospital, where she was diagnosed with scoliosis on Oct 11 last year.
"One of her biggest fears is to undergo surgery if she is not able to acquire the 3D scoliosis brace.
"She is currently doing a 3D scoliosis brace fitting at Teh Lin Prosthetic & Orthopaedic Centre, which costs RM5,000.
"She hopes that the brace can alleviate her condition so that she can be active again and pursue her interest in arts," Yeow said.
Yeow added that hopefully, the brace will boost Eng's confidence and that she won't be made fun of by her friends any longer.
Those who wish to aid Eng can transfer their donations to Media Prima-NSTP Humanitarian Fund's Maybank account at 5141-0532-3170 and email a copy of the deposit slip or any other form to email@example.com.
Meanwhile, cheques can be made to the fund by mailing the cheque to Group Corporate Communications Department, Media Prima Bhd, Level 1, Anjung Riong, Balai Berita, 31 Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, with the patient's name written on the reverse of the cheque.