Mr Lau Poh Huat, 57, worked long and strenuous hours as a chef for the past 40 years. In late 2012, he was diagnosed with kidney failure. His late wife passed on after a fall while nursing him, causing him to slip into depression.
However, Mr Lau was able to pull himself together to overcome his grief. He took up jobs as a part-time hawker to support his children who were still schooling then. However, his condition deteriorated and he had no choice but to stop working.
With high subsidies from NKF, Mr Lau only has to pay less than $50 a month for his dialysis. He is grateful to NKF for providing him affordable treatment. He volunteers for NKF by conducting cooking classes for fellow patients at different dialysis centres. He wants them to learn how to prepare healthy dishes for themselves and their families so that they can lead healthier lives. Occasionally, he also conducts cooking classes at community centres to impart his signature dish, Abacus Seeds, to interested residents.
With the quality treatment and care he is receiving at NKF, Mr Lau is mentally stronger and is leading a more meaningful and productive life.