Cast Aside, A Transgender Woman Waits, Helplessly

 

Liyanah’s rushed her partner, Lien, to the emergency room in an ambulance, and that was the last she saw of her.

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Liyanah was cast aside unceremoniously after Lien’s hospital admission. Nurses and hospital clerks couldn’t tell her anything of Lien’s well being.

They would only speak to a family member, and the only number Liyanah had to offer was Lien’s daughter, who was not contactable.

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To them, she was irrelevant.

She had unknowingly surrendered Lien to strangers who spoke of next-of-kins, protocols, directives, and processes. They didn’t understand she shared a home and life together with the Madam Ng whom she knew as Lien, the love of her life.

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Her only lifeline was an unresponsive phone number, as a life she dreamt with Lien slipped away slowly, behind hospital walls and protocols.

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Watch Aside by Reuben Foong (Singapore) on Viddsee:

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