IN March, I was diagnosed with coronary artery disease at a premier private hospital here. In July, an attempt to use a stent on a totally blocked main artery was done at the same hospital but was abandoned because of the high risks involved.
I am a government servant, so I asked for a referral to the National Heart Institute (IJN).
I easily secured an appointment over the telephone and within a week, I saw a clinical cardiologist. He immediately arranged for an angioplasty to be done.
Everything was settled successfully in a matter of three days, from my first appointment for the procedure to the discharge the very next day. My brother, coincidentally, too, had the same treatment.
What seemed impossible at a premier private hospital was made possible at IJN, albeit with divine intervention, I am sure.
My brother and I would like to extend our gratitude to Datuk Dr K. Balachandran and Dr Lau Gin Choy, who tirelessly pursued the procedure despite the complicated nature of the operation.
We thank Dr Barveen Aisha, who enabled the procedure to be made soonest possible; sister Selva, who was simply a joy to all because of her kind and cheerful disposition; and all the administrative, technical and nursing staff of ward Kenanga and Dahlia.
Malaysians should really feel proud and blessed that we have a world-class institute run by people with expertise.