TLDR; My mom was diagnosed with brain cancer originating from a melanoma the beginning of this month and had to undergo surgery to have one of the tumors removed. By April 22nd, she fell into a deep coma and was pronounced brain dead the following day. She was pronounced dead on the 27th of April when my family and I decided to stop her life support. I am currently in a crisis because I no longer have my parents to rely on for support (my dad passed when I was 9).
My name is Cindy Khong and I'm the daughter of Ping Xiao. My mother was always one of the most positive people I knew as well as the most compassionate. Wherever we went, she would put me before herself. Every time during a meal, she would always serve others before she began eating. Her smile and selflessness earned the hearts of many friends from across the globe. However, as of April 27th, the comforting light radiating from within her had to suddenly be put out.
At the beginning of April, she went in for an MRI checkup when the doctors discovered multiple tumors and a life-threatening sized tumor on the surface of her brain. She was suddenly admitted and by the next day, she had to undergo brain surgery. At the time, I was still unaware of her past with cancer. As you may expect, the news was incredibly overwhelming and stressful for me since I am only 17 and my father passed away when I was 9. In a matter of a day, I had to suddenly take on the role of becoming my mom's caretaker as well as balance the stress as a senior in high school.
After the surgery, my mother's recovery was quite quick and she was almost immediately discharged. However, after a week, I noticed her health had dropped dramatically. She got weaker by the day and soon had bits of confusion. It got to the point where she even forgot how to eat or sit up on her own so I rushed her back the ER. The doctors told me she had a lot of swelling from the residual tumors in her brain and they gave her steroids to reduce the swelling. Her symptoms did get slightly better but I felt as though she was still not ready to be sent home. The hospital she stayed at said from a medical standpoint that she was ready despite my objections to their decision. By the next morning, she fell into a deep coma and was pronounced brain dead the following day.
The rest of my family and I had to rush and gather all her friends and family to see her for the last time. At this moment, I am in utter shock and pain from everything that happened in the course of a month. My heart is torn at how quickly my mom has left the world but I wish that with your donations, my family and I could organize a funeral beautiful enough to honor the angel she is.
P.S. The money will be withdrawn by my cousin, Phillip Lee, as I'm not legal and cannot withdraw the proceeds by myself. Thank you for understanding.
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