You may have seen Mr Goh Tai Lin’s picture in some of KDF’s publications and on our website. An amiable old man with a kindly smile, it is difficult to imagine that initially he staunchly refused dialysis treatment as he did not want to become a burden to his family so late in life.
At 87 years old, Mr Goh is currently KDF’s oldest patient. Looking at him, one would assume he was a seasoned patient who has been on dialysis for a long time. In actuality, it was only in year 2005 that he was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure; he was already 79 years old at that time.
When people first found out about his condition, they scoffed at him and remarked that, for him, dialysis was merely a waste of money since he was already of such old age. Taking these comments to heart, Mr Goh refused dialysis treatment completely as he didn’t want to be a burden to his kids, nor wanted to “pay to suffer”. He was also convinced that it was money gone to waste.