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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.


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