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She ain't heavy, she's my baby: Mum's devotion to 38-year-old daughter with neuromuscular disease

Vivian Goh will turn 38 this Mother's Day, and she says she has her mother to thank. Diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition as a toddler, she was not expected to live past the age of 12, but has defied all expectations because of her mother's devotion. The Straits Times documents a mother's love and sacrifice.

Concluding her morning prayers at 8.30am, Madam Ivy Yong, 64, puts away her rosary beads and slides under the blanket on a medical bed.

The sound of mechanical whirring fills the bedroom of her three-room flat in Bedok.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2018, with the headline 'She ain't heavy, she's my baby'. Print Edition | Subscribe