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RM30,180 raised for two ill babies


GEORGE TOWN: The management and staff of Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa recently raised RM30,184 for two infants suffering from heart problems.

The plights of five-month-old Nur Syifaa Zafira Md Shukri and nine-month-old Kingsley Leow Gau Cing was highlighted in the New Straits Times last month.

The resort's general manager, Elaine Yue, presented cheques for RM14,564 and RM15,620 to the families of Nur Syifaa Zafira and Leow respectively.

A total of RM5,436 was raised for Nur Syifaa and RM4,380 for Leow through public donations.

"The resort contributed RM22,000 to 22-month-old Siti Aishah's surgery back in February. Nur Syifaa Zafira and Leow were the next two children we decided to help.

"We had to act fast as they were on the critical list. The resort's management and staff are glad to have been able to contribute to the life-changing surgeries.

"We wish them well and hope they will grow up healthy and strong," Yue said.

Apart from the donations, the resort also presented the toddlers with hampers containing daily baby necessities, diapers and soft toys and RM100 cash for each of them.

Also present during the ceremony were NST regional circulation manager V. Sivaji, the resort's corporate social responsibility executive Amelia Lim, director of communications Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman, communications manager Stephanie Lee and Gleneagles Medical Centre patient liaison executive Henry Cheah.

The toddlers underwent surgery at Gleneagles Medical Centre, with expenses totalling RM20,000 each.

GMC consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Hafiz Law Ing Aii said Nur Syifaa Zafira was born with severe heart problems, was not eating well and had breathing difficulties. He said Leow was suffering from complications related to his heart defects.

Both toddlers were born prematurely and have twin siblings.

V. Sivaji (second left) and Elaine Yue (right) with the families of Kingsley Leow Gau Cing and Nur Syifaa Zafira Md Shukri. Pic by Michael Ong

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