Love for daughter prompts Malaysian mother to seek treatment in Taiwan

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Lyn-lyn (琳琳, right)/Photo courtesy of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital

Lyn-lyn (琳琳, right)/Photo courtesy of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital

Taipei, April 19 (CNA) After three months of treatment, including seven operations in Taiwan since December last year, a 28-year-old mother from Malaysia has finally been able to fulfill her dream to be by her daughter's side and watch her grow up.

The mother, identified only as "Lyn-lyn" (琳琳) by Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital, was discharged from the hospital Friday. During a simple celebration prepared by the hospital, Lyn-lyn cut a cake and expressed her appreciation to the hospital.

"I want to thank the medical team of the Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital, my family, kind-hearted people from Malaysia, volunteers from Tzu Chi and all others who offered help to me," Lyn-lyn said.

"My face has changed. I am reborn," she said, adding that "what I want to do most is to fly home and hug my 6-year-old daughter."

Tumors started to grow on Lyn-lyn's face five years ago. Despite surgery and radiotherapy treatment at hospitals in Malaysia, the tumors grew bigger and bigger, until they covered the entire left side of her face.

Local doctors told her that removing the tumors would cost her the sight in her left eye.

(Photo courtesy of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital)

At one point she lost hope and began to lock herself in her room due to the shame brought by her appearance, but the desire to be with her daughter and watch her grow up gave her the strength and courage to seek treatment in Taiwan.

"I saw no hope at that time," Lyn-lyn, who was afflicted by the disease called dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, found hope at the Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital last December with the help of Tzu Chi volunteers in Malaysia.

She went under the knife seven times and two kilograms of tumors were removed from her face. Doctors replaced the skin on her face with grafts from other parts of her body and reconstructed her forehead and the left side of her face, as well as her eyelids.

Lyn-lyn's own mother said her daughter now talks and smiles a lot, while Lyn-lyn's younger sister is happy that she can now run, as she could not even walk before. They thanked the medical team for saving Lyn-lyn's life.

(By Lu Tai-cheng and Emerson Lim)

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