Cerebral palsy proves no problem for Low

PHOTO: Cerebral palsy proves no problem for Low

PETALING JAYA - Cerebral palsy has made standing and moving difficult for Eugene Low, and he has to use a walking stick.

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that can affect a person's brain and nervous system.

Those who are affected may have difficulties with their movement, senses and learning.

But it has not stopped Low from emerging as a star student in his college and doing his bit for the needy.

Low began tinkering with computers at the tender age of four. By seven, he had already set up his first e-mail account to research his condition online.

The 21-year-old HELP University student has printed a collection of his poems in hard copy, shared many of his short stories online, and created computer games.

His book of poetry helped him raise about RM10,000 (S$4,100) for the Spastic Children's Association of Selangor in 2008 when it was first printed.

"It was a series of 31 poems I wrote in December 2007," said Low, who started writing poems when he was 11.

His creative streak does not stop there.

"I've also tried to make movies and cartoons, write novels, start websites and produce comics," said Low.

Low said his parents, Michael Lau and Melinda Lee, had often urged him to finish his projects.

"My parents want me to be independent, and I like trying new things," said Low.

Besides being able to drive, swim and bowl, Low is also no stranger to state chess championships and mathematics challenges.

He recently shared his story with The Star just a day after finishing his second-year final exams for his degree in Information Technology.

"I just got an international scholarship to complete the final year of my degree at The University of Queensland, Australia," said Low.

As a bright student, Low has many options. He has won a scholarship to study Psychology and his talent in creative writing and mathematics could take him far in journalism and subjects like actuarial science.

However, Low does not know exactly where he wants to be in five years' time because he wants to do everything.

"I don't know where I will be in the future because I don't know what I'll do next," said Low.

While he did not have any advice to motivate those who have cerebral palsy, Low offered an insight based on his own experience. "I'll just try to do what I enjoy, and don't let anything get in my way," he said.