As Able to Work as Anyone Else

loading

Fighting ignorance about thalassaemia is the best way to fight discrimination against people with this blood disorder.

Apart from her slight limp, Janice Kua is just like any other person. For years, she lived alone in London while pursuing her degree in Music, Media and Events Management: she climbed three flights of stairs daily to get to her studio unit, and she commuted by bus. Today, she is the communications executive at the state’s tourism bureau, Penang Global Tourism.

But what passers-by might not know is that Kua is thalassaemic: she inherited thalassaemia from her parents who are carriers. Diagnosed with beta thalassaemia major, she had her first blood transfusion when she was only two months old.


To read the rest of the article and to access our e-Archive, subscribe to us for RM150 a year.



Related Articles

HEALTH
Apr 2015

Revolutionising cancer detection, one gene at a time

Meet Prof Datuk Dr Choong-Chin Liew, who is at the forefront of tissue-specific functional genomics.

HEALTH
Jun 2017

Deaf No More

Groundbreaking medical advancement means the hearing impaired can now have hope.

HEALTH
Mar 2015

Sustaining the dignity of the dying

There are many who are still unaware of the benefits of palliative care. For one, it can enable cancer patients to have the quality care and support that they need.

HEALTH
May 2015

A mother's journey with autism

Taking care of a child with autism can be an uphill task, but Alina Gooi takes things in her stride.