MOE Scholar's Heart Faulty Physically, But Big on Giving

MOE Scholar's Heart Faulty Physically, But Big on Giving

Date
Wednesday, 06 June 2012

Media Type
Edvantage.com

SINGAPORE - She's 23 and already she has a bagful of life changing experiences. Diana Goh is a Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome patient and her family's breadwinner.

The NUS Life Sciences graduate, and Ministry of Education (MOE) Teacher scholar, will be pursuing her ambition of becoming a teacher in the National Institute of Education (NIE) later this year.

In the midst of studying, working and supporting her family, Diana also does her part for the community. She volunteers with MINDS, Club Rainbow and the Children's Cancer Foundation. In 2007 she was awarded the Stars of SHINE Award by the National Youth Council for her contributions to society.

Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome is a heart condition that can cause episodes of rapid heart rate. It can even lead to cardiac arrest. It is caused by an extra pathway for an electrical signal. In lay-man's terms: it causes a short circuit of the heart.

Sufferers of this disorder have no idea when they will suffer an attack as there are no triggers.

Recollecting her past she said that when she was in Secondary 3, her dad had a heart failure and had to stop working.

The family had a fruit stall in a Hougang wet market and were forced to give it up for rent after her father's heart failure. Soon after they had to give the store up when the market was pulled down.

Her mother then had took up various odd jobs at the expense of her health.

"My mother's health deteriorated over the years and she lost 15 kg. She also had a stroke recently," she said calmly.

"I felt I should do my part when I left junior college and I started giving tuition. I spent about 10 hours a week giving tuition to about 10 students. Mainly tutoring 'A'-level biology students."

But, it was not that easy, Diana suffered an attack while preparing for her A-Levels. However, she did well enough to make it to university.

While in university she applied successfully for the MOE Teacher's Scholarship during her first year in NUS. The scholarship took a burden off her family and her as it covered her university fees from her second year.

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Source: Edvantage.com, sph