Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Exceptional people: Intellectual disability no impediment as ‘accomplished’ blood donor nears 70th donation

Conrad Puah Neo reacts during his 69th blood donation. Source: cna

Conrad Puah Neo is no average donor - he has been giving blood for two decades and counting. To be precise - 69 times since 1997. His eventual goal is to reach his 100th blood donation in 2023.

43-year-old Conrad has moderate intellectual disability which has affected his speech, ability to read and certain aspects of behaviour such as social skills. But that does not stop him from helping others.

"He’s very proud of donating blood, that gives him self-esteem and that spurs him on. He feels accomplished" said his father Clement Puah Neo.

"If you understand people with disabilities, there are lots of things they cannot do," said Mr Puah Neo. "The danger is that self-esteem can be quite low. Every time people have to do things for them and they are always told: 'You cannot this, you cannot do that.'

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/i-m-not-scared-intellectual-disability-no-impediment-as-11775204

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