A whole new world

A pos­i­tive at­ti­tude can work won­ders for one’s well-be­ing.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIFESTYLE -

LETCHUMY Kr­ish­nan, 25, is one of the most ac­tive res­i­dents of the In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing and Train­ing Cen­tre (ILTC) in Rawang, Se­lan­gor. She cleans, cooks, sews, makes hand­i­craft items and does the weekly gro­cery.

How­ever, Letchumy, a wheel­chair user, wasn’t like this when she was liv­ing with her mother in Ta­man Sri Muda in Shah Alam.

Letchumy was born on April 1 at the Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in Klang. She was joined from the head with her twin sis­ter. The sur­geons wasted no time in sep­a­rat­ing the con­joined ba­bies. Sadly, Letchumy’s sis­ter died three months later.

By then Letchumy was diag- nosed with cere­bral palsy. Her dis­traught fa­ther aban­doned her.

“Dad left us when I needed him the most,” Letchumy said.

Letchumy’s mum, how­ever. never gave up on her lit­tle girl. With her mea­gre in­come from pack­ing drinks at a fac­tory, she con­tin­ued to sup­port her chil­dren. She en­rolled Letchumy at a Tamil school near their home. As they had no car, a friend of­fered to trans­port her daugh­ter to school. Class at­ten­dance, how­ever, was ir­reg­u­lar depend­ing on whether there was trans­port.

Letchumy was able to walk

‘I want to fo­cus on start­ing a new life,’ says Letchumy Kr­ish­nan.

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