Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A priest is sick 神父病了
Fr. William mentioned about the ill health of Fr. Anthony Chan during Easter vigil.
I went to see him this afternoon. He just returned from hospital after radiotherapy.
About six years ago, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Operation was done to remove the cancerous growth. Doctor did not recommend any further treatment such as radio- or chemotherapy due to his advance age. He lived happily after the operation.
Four months ago, he was coughing badly. A check up revealed the cancerous cells has spread to his upper torso, especially neck and lungs. Lately he was in pain and the doctor recommended radiotherapy on his neck.
He has to undergo a course of 20 treatment to shrink a growth in his neck. Today is the 9th treatment.
He looked tired and subdue but managed to smile and said a few words. He is not eating well due to the treatment and lost 10 kg since the radiotherapy. He did not complain of any pain but need suction to clear his phlegm.
He is well looked after by Mrs Lee (72), a Kelang parishioner. She is there during day time taking care of his needs.
Before I left, I held a hand of Fr. Chan and said that he has been taking care of God's people all his life, it is time for God to take care of him. He smiled and nodding his head.