Cure For Spinal Cord Injury

Distant Hills
The hills of Gertak Sanggul and Bukit Genting in the background.

Things have been moving rather slowly this week. Rain that fell in the early days of the week washed away the haze. For a while, I could see the hills of Gertak Sanggul and Bukit Genting, which is the farthest range of hills visible from my window. Since then, the weather has been warm. The trees stood still. My curtains looked lifeless. Surprisingly, lethargy did not set in. Still, I felt rather languid. I have not done much except surfed, stalked blogs and took naps. Every time I napped, I awoke feeling more worn-out than before.

Today is different. Streams of cool breeze have been blowing since early morning. The curtains are flapping in glee. A while ago, I could hear my neighbours’ unfastened doors slamming shut from the occasional strong winds. The trees outside are swaying merrily, their pliable leaf laden branches bending to and fro in acquiescence. Nature is alive! And I feel alive too. Is it the continuous soothing breeze or was it the multivitamins I took after lunch that made me feel so?

The boredom of the whole week was lifted by one piece of interesting news. On Thursday, while I was Googling for spinal cord injury and Malaysia I came across this page. It was a feature on Christopher Reeve and his unprecedented recovery after being paralysed for five years. No, he is not walking again. However, he has regained some sensation and can twitch his index finger which is a wonder after so many years. That story was not what caught my attention. The comment that was left below that article did.


In our Malaysia Boleh spirit, we have finally found the cure for spinal cord injury. This regeneration process which has eluded neuro-scientists for many decades is now conclusively in our hands. Malaysia is indeed the land of possibilities. This anak Malaysia has made us all proud. Will I submit myself to this treatment? I tell you, the day Christopher Reeve walks after this traditional treatment is the day pigs can fly. When you see pigs flying by your window, you can be sure I will be the first to call Mr. Wan for an appointment.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

8 thoughts on “Cure For Spinal Cord Injury”

  1. That was an interesting post and how +ve Malaysian can be. Don’t know what to say….
    Glad to see you spirit have lifted up from your previous blog. Was reading a book on awareness and it has this:

    “The more watchful you become the more all your hastiness slows down. You become more graceful. As you watch, your chaterring mind chatters less, because the energy that becomig chattering is turning and becoming watchfulness – it is the same energy!!”

    I had been lethargic also and lacking focus. Depressing creeps – able or disabled. Just watch it come and go. If it gets bad a change in environment is helpful. Below is a message from a young man whom I got to know many years ago. He is in Seattle.

    Hi everybody,

    Here’s my update. I went to the doctor again because I couldn’t hear anything on Monday night after the shower. I’m doing OK now and the
    doctor gave me the medicine in my ears to clear out the ear wash. She also signs the paper for me to go to the uw rehab to get me the new power
    chair. I’m glad that I move here. I will go to the community center and college soon. I will have a blast in my life.



    BTW have you thought of doing some college study ?

  2. TK,
    Quacks like these are a dime a dozen in Malaysia. They prey on the sick and the crippled. These people have no compassion. I had been a victim to several of these parasites after I was discharged from the hospital. When people are in a desperate situation like this, they will blindly grab anything to keep the hopes alive. What a pity because money is needlessly wasted on sham treatments when it could have be used wisely in other ways to increase the comfort of the person involved.

    No, I have no intention to study now or in the future. I have other plans though. They are still in the planning stages.

  3. What a joke. The Plaster Man (sell “koyok”) has finally gone digital.

    Anyway, I’m glad you’re feeling more upbeat.

    May the sun shine upon you, may each morning bring more cheer, and may your star continue to shine.

  4. Marita,
    Beware, the snake oil man with the gong is everywhere. Thank you for the nice wishes. May you always have good days too.

  5. My kids and I had a good laugh on reading Mr. Wan’s ridiculous advert…..geez….this is one of the many things that makes me feel ashamed 2 B Malaysian.

    I sure wld. like 2 call him and give him a piece of my mind after I get home from my vacation !!!!

  6. Pauline,
    And we wonder why there are still so many SCI sufferers in Malaysia who are still wheelchair-bound. Perhaps they have not been introduced to this miraculous treatment yet.

  7. Hi Peter

    “scammers are every where,wish u a gr8 day.
    Sorry i didn’t reply last week online i must of just missed ya or was studying in depth thought.
    cheerz tcz

  8. Sweetspirit,
    Yes, they are lurking all over the place, waiting to devour the unsuspecting victims. We have to be alert and wise when faced with such scums. They can talk a bird down from the tree.

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