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