Snap the Moment: Quality of Life in Dialysis’ photography contest

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Deaf husband feeding birthday cake to his blind wife touches the judges’ hearts

Exclusive report: Sim Choon Yong

BATU PAHAT 23 Jan: Goo Cha Ban, a 67-year-old dialysis patient at Batu Pahat Rotary Haemodialysis Centre, lost her sight due to complications of diabetes. Her 75-years-old husband Sim Ah Woo is deaf and suffers paralysis of the left hand and movement difficulties due to a stroke. But despite these challenges, he still takes care of his wife's daily needs.

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The wife is blind and her husband is deaf – but this does not stop them communicating with the heart.

‘Heart’ of communication

A photograph of Sim Ah Woo feeding his wife a piece of birthday cake pulled the heartstrings of the three judges, and was selected as one of the top ten best pictures in the ‘Snap the Moment – Quality of Life in Dialysis’ photography contest.

The contest, organised by Fresenius Medical Care Malaysia, received 128 entries from 27 dialysis centres nationwide, including East Malaysia. The honourable judges – Lim Siow Sheong (Managing Director of Fresenius Medical Care Malaysia), Maryati Mohd Hassan (President of Selangor Renal Patient Association) and Wong Mee Chan (Dialysis Manager at Batu Pahat Rotary Haemodialysis Centre) ­– selected ten award-winning masterpieces from over a hundred works.

The prize giving ceremony was held in a five-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur and the shortlisted top ten finalists and their families were invited to enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Fresenius Medical Care Malaysia compiled all entries and printed them in a photo album, which was presented to the participants and the participating dialysis centres.

Lim Siow Sheong highlighted that Fresenius Medical Care Malaysia had previously organised the ‘Share Your Story and Win’ essay competition, which saw a total of 130 entries. The personal experiences shared by the dialysis patients in their essays were also compiled into a book and presented to the prize winners.

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