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A 37-year-old Uber driver, Mr Tang, fell from 98kg to 42kg in five months after he was diagnosed with pancreatitis and admitted to the hospital in October 2016.
However, the nightmare did not end: Within two months, his kidneys failed and he was once again admitted to a hospital.
In a phone interview with Lianhe Wanbao, Tang recalled how it had started:
“I woke up just like any other day.
“All of a sudden, I felt a intense pain in my stomach, just as I was coming out of the toilet.
“I couldn't even walk.”
With his wife supporting him, the pair went to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) for consultation.
“I felt an immense pressure on my lungs, and i couldn't catch my breath.
“I was then transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where doctors administered sedative and inserted a breathing tube.”
His conditions did not improve, and after two weeks, the doctors told him that he needed immediate surgery as his pancreas had became swollen.
Tang revealed that the doctors told his wife that there was a 40% chance of the operation failing asked her to be mentally prepared:
“After I woke up, the doctors told me, that at one point during my operation, I stopped breathing.
“Medical staff resuscitated me using Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).”
After escaping from the maws of death, Tang was transferred to the quarantine unit upon detection of foreign bacteria in his stools.
Even his two-year-old son and elderly parents could not visit him.
He told reporters that during his stay in the hospital, he was under tremendous stress and required daily dosage of sleeping pills to be able to rest.
After getting hospitalised for five months, Tang was finally released on March 18, 2017.
However, due to being bedridden for prolonged periods, and being unable to eat properly, his body was left feeble, having to use a clutch in order to walk.
During that time, his wife left her job to look after him.
Despite that, he was grateful to be out and on the road to recovery.
Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse, as doctors confirmed that kidneys have failed, reports World of Buzz.
Tang is now hospitalised again, and is seeking donations to help with his hefty hospitalisation bills.