Wednesday, December 9, 2009
破碎脸 天使心 An Uncommon Beauty
20 years ago, Lee Khoon met with a great misfortune. For no reason, her beautiful face was scarred by knife cuts and scalded by boiling water. She survived the ordeal and went through 24 plastic surgeries for a complete face-lift. While struggling for life, she nearly wanted to give up, but when she thought of how her only child might soon lose her mother, and with the support of religion, she soon picked herself up, refusing to let the pain of her disfigured face get her down.
Lee Khoon has come to terms with life now. She bravely shares her heartbreaking story by delivering “Life Can Be Good” talks. Having walked through the valley of the shadow of death, she can hardly understand why others attempt suicide. She would normally advice, “Even people without a complete face like me would want to live, why would you think of dying?”
In the interview, Lee Khoon always responded with laughs and calmness. Having survived those dark periods, she now steps out and shares her story, and has since given more than 200 talks worldwide; at the same time, she also actively engages in elderly care services.
This September, Lee Khoon will complete the “True Heart Hair Dresser” course, organised by Concern and Care Society (CCS). She is happy because she is able to provide free haircut service for the elderly. “I take fulfilling the needs of others as my responsibility. I hope I can help improve their lives. This is now my mission!"
Lee Khoon smiled composedly.
Some people may not find it easy to pick themselves up from setbacks. Can you give them some advice?
Some may not have a disfigured face like me, but they may be nursing broken hearts. Such people are rarely cured because their pains are not easily seen. Other than religion, friends also play a crucial role in our lives. Friends’ encouragement is a great consolation.
Even when someone is willing to open their arms, the patient might be resisting the help offered. During the surgery period, I was shunned by the society, friends and some of my family members. Even children shouted “Ghost! Ghost!” at me, making me feel sad. Thank God, I was gradually accepted by others and I am so grateful.
Why do you set your priority on caring for the elderly?
Having been raised by my grandmother since young, I have felt a deep sense of guilt and regret about not being there for my grandma to take care of her, especially at the later part of her life. I miss her whenever I see lonely elderly. I hope I could pay back in another way to ease my guilt. Sometimes I imagine if my grandma is living in this era, she can meet more friends in CCS and slowly step out of her loneliness. It would be wonderful for her.
I recalled some fond memories of my grandma while serving other elderly. This is also a very meaningful work. In fact, old people behave the same way as kids do. They need understanding and acceptance.