FINANCIAL AID: Four require life-saving surgeries urgently
GEORGE TOWN: FOUR children with serious heart problems need the support of generous donors to lead healthy and normal lives.
Three-week-old Chong Rui Xin suffers from multiple congenital heart lesions which need immediate treatment at an estimated cost of RM70,000.
Rui Xin has been ventilator-dependent since March and attempts to take her off the machine have been unsuccessful due to pneumonia and the heart disease.
Her parents, Kwok Yuen, 36, and Pan Mei Ling, 32, are both engineers but the latter has had to stop working to take care of Rui Xin, who is their first child.
Kwok Yuen earns RM3,000 monthly.
However, the couple have used up all their savings after prolonged treatment at the hospital.
Meanwhile, 18-month-old Nur Liyana Syafira Elias has a hole (Ventricular Septal Defect) between the two lower pumping chambers of her heart.
She will require an operation to close the hole within the next two months.
The estimated cost of the surgery is between RM32,000 and RM35,000.
Her father, Elias Madali, 43, is a rubber tapper, earning about RM800, while her mother Rokiah Ismail, 26, is a housewife.
Another heart patient, Tan Hong Yang, 2, has a cyanotic congenital heart disease called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) due to the presence of a VSD and obstruction to the blood flow on the right side of the heart.
The child is progressively turning blue or cyanosed, and easily becomes breathless.
Hong Yang needs an operation, estimated to cost RM40,000 to repair the TOF.
His father, Tan Chai Hin, 40, is a foundry worker, earning RM2,500, while his mother Khor Yew Chin, 30, is a housewife. The couple have another child, aged 6.
Mohamaed Syahaziq Raiyan, 4 months old, has VSD and an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD).
He suffers frequently from infection, has poor feeding habits and thus, poor weight gain.
He is also prone to contracting pneumonia and needs surgery estimated to cost between RM35,000 and RM38,000.
His father, Mohamad Syafiq Mohamad Saleh, 26, is a technician, earning RM1,600, while his mother Rofizawani Rolsi, 26, is a housewife.
Those who wish to help these children can send cheques made payable to The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd with the name of the patient written on the back and addressed to: The Cashier, Finance Department/Charity Unit, The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, Balai Berita, 31 Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.