Donation drive launched for Bedok North fire victim

At left, ‘Jenny,’ the only surviving victim of last month’s Bedok North fire, and its aftermath, at right. Photos: Ray of Hope, SCDF/Facebook
At left, ‘Jenny,’ the only surviving victim of last month’s Bedok North fire, and its aftermath, at right. Photos: Ray of Hope, SCDF/Facebook

A crowdfunding campaign seeking over S$100,000 (US$72,451) has been launched to fund the only surviving victim in a deadly fire that killed three.

A Malaysian woman, known only as Jenny, was the mother of a 3-year-old killed in a fire last month in her Block 409 Bedok North flat. The blaze broke out in the living room and also killed 34-year-old father Tan Soon Keong and 56-year-old landlord Aileen Chan. 

The Ray of Hope campaign launched today is seeking exactly S$106,089.83 (US$76,863) to pay off Jenny’s medical fees. 

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The cause of the May 13 fire has still not been revealed. 

According to the campaign, Jenny, who has been working in Singapore for 11 years, was released from the ICU and is recovering in the general ward at Changi General hospital.

But the unidentified campaign sponsor said the extent of her injuries is unknown.

“It is still unclear what is the full extent of Jenny’s injury due to significant smoke inhalation. It was observed that she does not seem to be fully aware of her surroundings. The road to recovery will likely be a long and challenging one. Hence, she would need all the help she can get,” it read.

The campaign quoted Jenny’s sister, who said they do not have the financial means to cover her medical expenses, which are not subsidized. The people behind the campaign said they have contacted Jenny’s family, employer, and medical social worker to verify her medical bills. They hope she can continue treatment back home in Malaysia.

“The family hopes for Jenny to receive treatment in Malaysia once she is fit for travel as they believe she will heal better around her family,” the campaign wrote.

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