"I was taking my children to the Residents' Committee Centre near my home when I accidentally fell into a small drain and broke a bone in my foot. I didn't worry about the pain because my biggest concern was not being able to work and the impact it would have on our family.
My husband and I are both cleaners. We don't earn much normally, so when I had to stop work for six weeks of medical leave with no pay, money was very tight. The doctor told me I shouldn't put weight on my foot and advised me to wear an air cast boot and special tubular bandage to relieve the swelling in my ankle. This would help my foot heal faster but they cost $210. My husband's income only just covered our daily living expenses so this was beyond our budget.
- Madam Ong
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