This Sabah Lecturer Shaved Her Head To Support Her Student With Cancer

"This is the craziest thing I have ever done in my life but I do not regret doing it at all," said the lecturer.

A senior lecturer in Sabah shaved her head bald to support her student who was diagnosed with bone cancer

University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Business, Economics and Accountancy Faculty senior lecturer Dr Bamini KPD Balakrishnan decided to shave her head last week, 11 July. 

The 39-year-old lecturer wanted to show her full support and empathy to her student, Richelle Hii Hua Yin who was diagnosed with stage three bone cancer this February. 

According to Harian Metro, the 20-year-old student is from Beluran and was receiving her treatment at Likas Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.

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Bamini decided to shave her head despite knowing there were many other ways to show her support

I want her to know that we’re all here for her and she is not alone in this difficult moment," said the lecturer adding that her intention was not to seek popularity.

"This is the craziest thing I have ever done in my life but I do not regret doing it at all," the lecturer added. 

Bamini also shared that she was not charged for her haircut when the hairdresser found out her intention to shave her head. 

Richelle expressed her appreciation towards the lecturer for her support

According to the student, she immediately contacted Bamini to thank her after receiving a photo showing Bamini bald on Whatsapp. 

"We did know each other but we rarely interacted with one another. Nevertheless, I am immensely grateful for what she did and only God can repay for her kind act," said Richelle, adding that the lecturer visited her in the hospital earlier this week.

The 20-year-old also shared that she was grateful for receiving a lot of support and encouragement from her friends and family from the start.

Richelle with her family members.

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Richelle began her chemotherapy session after her cancer cells had spread to her lungs in early March

"At first, I could accept the fact that I had cancer but I started losing my confidence because, after two weeks into my chemotherapy session, my hair started falling out," said Richelle, adding that she initially wore a wig to avoid getting weird stares.

"I hope that all cancer patients out there will continue to stay strong. As long as we are alive, there is still a chance to recover," Richelle said.

The 20-year-old had received her last chemotherapy session at Likas Hospital yesterday, 18 July. 

Richelle wishes to recover quickly so that she can return to her university to continue her studies

"I’m asking all my friends and also the public to pray for her smooth recovery," said Bamini as reported by The Star Online.

Bamini also shared that Richelle was a bright student who received a 3.6 cumulative grade point average (CGPA).

She was also active in her co-curricular activities and was a member of the Police Undergraduate Voluntary Corp.

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