husband has heart disease, brother-in-law bedridden, sister-in-law a diabetic, and all 3 kids having muscular dystrophy, but she didn’t give up!
THERE were several times when S. Devigi wanted to commit suicide after all three of her children were diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.
But her determination to provide the best for them stopped her.
“I don’t know how I got through it.
“I remember selling fried rice, noodles and thosai at night to pay for my children’s medical and educational expenses.
“It was a harrowing experience. I had thought about taking my own life but could not do it when I see my children’s faces,” said the teary-eyed Devigi when met at their dilapidated house at the JKR quarters.
Apart from taking care of her children, Devigi is also looking after her husband, V. Ugjayan, 52, who suffers from a heart disease, her bedridden brother-in-law and a diabetic sister-in-law.
However, the 53-year-old woman, dubbed as the “supermum” is now a happy mother.Proud moment : (from left) Zuraidah, Devigi, her husband Ugjayan, Dr Rajendran and two other representatives of the NCM posing with a mock cheque with Devigi’s children on the wheelchair- (from left) Abby, Meghala and Gopi.
Her children, Nyanamambiga @ Abby, 27, Meghala, 26, and Gopi, 24, are all independent and are helping with the family’s expenses.
Abby works part-time as an executive administrator at the college where she is pursuing a Business degree, while Meghala designs greeting cards and sells them online.
Gopi, meanwhile, works part-time as a deejay at wedding receptions.
The family’s household income has now increased to between RM1,000 and RM1,500 compared to the few hundred ringgit Devigi earned in the past.
“I am happy to see my children earning money despite being wheelchair-bound.
“Thank God I did not give up and continued to fight,” Devigi said.
Devigi, who has stopped working, is now saving up to build a house on her husband’s land in Sungai Manggis, Banting.
The family is still in need of about RM60,000 to build the house.
Prof Dr M. Rajendran, who handles the family’s trust fund, said RM97,000 had since been collected from kind donors.
“Many have contributed to Devigi after her plight was highlighted by The Star.
“The Star is one of the contibutors to Devigi’s family,” he said.
Northport Corporation Berhad (NCB) Holdings Bhd donated RM20,000 to the family recently.
Its director Datuk Zuraidah Atan, who handed over a mock cheque to Devigi, said the effort was part of NCB’s corporate social responsibility.
In March this year, The Star had highlighted Devigi’s life story, calling her a supermum for single-handedly taking care of her loved ones.
For information, contact Dr Rajendran at 012-229 4518.