Sister grateful that Malaysian marathon runner's life has been prolonged

Malaysian marathon runner Evelyn Ang had undergone 11 surgeries after suffering from a cranial fracture and bleeding in the brain from being hit by a car during the Klang City International Marathon.
Malaysian marathon runner Evelyn Ang had undergone 11 surgeries after suffering from a cranial fracture and bleeding in the brain from being hit by a car during the Klang City International Marathon.PHOTOS: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The sister of marathon runner and lifestyle blogger Evelyn Ang, who was hit by a car last December (2017), said the 44-year-old's life has been prolonged thanks to a "miracle".

This came after an earlier report said the family had decided to switch off Ang's life support. She and two other people were hit by a car at around 4.30am on Dec 10 in Jalan Kapar Batu 2 in Selangor during the Klang City International Marathon.

She has undergone 11 surgeries after suffering from a cranial fracture and bleeding in the brain.

The driver of the car, Teoh Thiam Lim, 27, was charged with reckless and dangerous driving on Feb 20. He pleaded not guilty in the Klang magistrate's court.

In a series of Facebook posts and comments on Saturday (Feb 24) morning, Caroline Ang said that she had been told not to share too much on social media but added that it was all right as Evelyn's life had been prolonged.

"I am asked not to share so much on social media. People are retracting their decision. The miracle has happened. I am said to be the culprit now, but it is ok. Life has been prolonged," Caroline wrote.

"Thanks to the press and friends, known and unknown, my sister has been given a new lease of life. Her medicine tubes are continued."

In an earlier post on Friday (Feb 23), Caroline had called on family and friends to say their final farewells to Evelyn. 

"Please say your last goodbyes to her by today. PM (private message) me for ward info," she said.

A family member who declined to be named had said doctors had told the family that Evelyn's bodily systems had stopped functioning, and placing her on life support was no longer necessary.

"Eventually her heart will know that the (body) is not functioning. Her organs have stopped functioning and doctors say she is brain dead," she said when contacted on Friday.

The family member added that doctors had told them that Evelyn would only survive a few hours without life support.

Evelyn has been described as the anchor of the family, as she was the one who usually stepped in to solve family problems. She also helped to take care of her sister Angel, who is epileptic and has Down Syndrome.