Living with kidney failure: No pain, no headache, so he took diagnosis lightly

Mr​ Bob​ Chua​, 60,​ has diabetes-induced kidney failure. He spends three days a week at a dialysis centre. Each session lasts about four hours.
Staff nurse Saraswathy Govintharaju checking Mr Bob Chua before the dialysis treatment is administered. Now, aged 60, he can no longer travel easily, has had to turn down dinner invitations and must put up with two thick needles being poked into his
Staff nurse Saraswathy Govintharaju checking Mr Bob Chua before the dialysis treatment is administered. Now, aged 60, he can no longer travel easily, has had to turn down dinner invitations and must put up with two thick needles being poked into his body three times a week - because his kidneys have failed. It is a price he has had to pay for taking a silent killer lightly.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

There was no pain, no discomfort, and his condition did not even stop him from playing football. So it's no wonder Mr Bob Chua did not take it too seriously when he was diagnosed with diabetes in his 30s and continued swigging his cans of Coke.

Now, aged 60, he can no longer travel easily, has had to turn down dinner invitations and must put up with two thick needles being poked into his body three times a week - because his kidneys have failed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2018, with the headline 'No pain, no headache, so he took diagnosis lightly'. Subscribe