Singapore actor Mark Lee's daughter battling rare kidney disease

Singapore actor Mark Lee's daughter battling rare kidney disease

Actor Mark Lee's daughter has been diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. The child's specialist has told them to “prepare for the worst”...

Really sad news: Singaporean actor-comedian Mark Lee’s daughter has been diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. The five-year-old child is suffering from Glomerulonephritis, a rare medical condition caused by autoimmune disease.

News came out after the actor’s wife Catherine Ng set up a Facebook page called “Cheers for Calynn Lee”, sharing their youngest child’s condition.

Mark Lee’s Daughter Battling Rare Disease

Catherine revealed that Calynn suffers from a progressive kidney disease. The body’s immune system mistakenly starts attacking the kidneys, causing them to not function properly.

Apparently, doctors diagnosed Calynn’s condition in May, after she started having high fever, which went up to as high as 40 degrees. Tests revealed the presence of white blood cells in her urine, which indicates that her kidneys are infected.

For the past one month, the child hasn’t been attending school. She has been put on medication, and needs to go to hospital for checkups three times a month. Her siblings are aware of her condition.

Mark told Toggle, “She does not cry often; she isn’t sure what exactly she’s down with… to be honest, she’s very brave.” 

Doctors have advised the parents to watch Calynn’s weight closely, as it might affect her treatment.

The family is taking precautions. Mark reveals that, “Chocolates are not allowed in the house now, we have also cut out sugary, salty and sour food items. “

“Prepare for the Worst…”

Catherine revealed in her Facebook post that Mark had not wanted to go public with Calynn’s condition.

She wrote, “But I think we need support, and need more people to know this disease.

“This is our first time learning of such a disease, so we hope for families with children facing the same medical condition to leave a comment and help us understand it better, and better learn how to care for her.” 

Mark Lee's daughter

Photo: Facebook/Cheers for Calynn Lee

Mark also revealed that doctors weren’t sure how long it would take for Calynn to recover completely.

“It might take a few months or even three to five years… we were told this disease seldom affects the kidneys,” he told Toggle.

The family is consulting one of the best specialists for the condition in Singapore, who has unfortunately told them to “prepare for the worst” if there are side effects, or if her condition does not not improve after treatment.

Mummy Catherine is hoping for the best, “We hope the medicine helps her. She is a brave little child who doesn’t cry despite receiving so many injections.

“She only cried once when a doctor accidentally pricked her during a jab. I hope everyone can cheer for her, thank you!” 

Here’s hoping and praying that Calynn recovers soon. 


Sources: Toggle, Cheers for Calynn Lee

Also Read: Singapore dad shares how a rare disease left his children bedridden and tube-fed

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