It Changed My Life

It Changed My Life: His heart stopped on Christmas Day 1999

Mr Michael Poh suffered a heart attack on Christmas in 1999 and lost his brother on Christmas Eve six years ago. Today, he is active in support groups for heart patients and takes care of his dementia-stricken wife.
Mr Michael Poh founded Tan Tock Seng Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Support Group with the help of hospital staff in 2002. Mr Michael Poh, 71, is the main caregiver to his wife Alice Goh, 69, who was diagnosed with dementia about nine years ago. T
Mr Michael Poh, 71, is the main caregiver to his wife Alice Goh, 69, who was diagnosed with dementia about nine years ago. The couple, who were pen pals, married in 1975, and have two grown-up children. Mr Poh says his wife has lost her vocabulary and cannot remember things anymore, but he is determined to make life as comfortable for her as possible.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

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For the last 19 years, Mr Michael Poh has spent Christmas Eve attending midnight mass in church.

"It's my own Thanksgiving, my way of thanking God for giving me a second shot at life and allowing me to cross another year," says the 71-year-old insurance professional.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 23, 2018, with the headline 'His heart stopped on Christmas Day 1999'. Print Edition | Subscribe