Baby in need of RM50,000 to pay for life-saving heart surgery

KUALA LUMPUR: The mother of a two-month-old baby was left in sorrow as she watched her baby struggle with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage (TAPVD).

Prema Thiaga Rajan, 31, stated that her baby, Sudharshanan Anandkumar, is experiencing a condition where his heart is reversed and requires immediate surgery to enable him to breathe properly.

"The heart vessels should be on the right, but in my baby's case, they've formed on the left, making it difficult for him to breathe.

"The heart surgery was performed on Nov 17, and my child is currently under intensive care in the ICU for monitoring," she said.

Prema mentioned that she and her husband, Anandkumar Renge Nadar, 31, are now at a loss concerning the cost of their baby's corrective surgery, which amounts to RM50,000 and will be conducted at Gleneagles Hospital here.

"We cannot afford the surgery cost as my husband only earns RM3,000 a month working for a logistics company and I am currently unemployed.

"I sincerely hope that the public will be willing to contribute to ensure the success of my baby's surgery," she said.

Further elaborating, Prema mentioned that during her pregnancy with Sudharshanan, she had no health issues and the baby was born healthy on Sept 28.

"Initially, during health clinic check-ups, our baby only had jaundice but after a few days, we noticed his breathing getting faster, which worried us.

"Upon examination, we found out about our baby's reversed heart problem, necessitating immediate surgery," she said.

Members of the public who are willing to assist can donate via checks made payable to the patient's name at the back of the check to the Media Prima-NSTP Humanitarian Fund and contributions to this fund are eligible for tax exemption.

Donations can be addressed to the Corporate Communication Department of Media Prima Berhad, Level 5, Anjung Riong, Balai Berita, 31 Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

Contributions can also be made to the Media Prima-NSTP Humanitarian Fund bank account (Bank Muamalat - 14010008842718) or (Maybank - 514105323170), indicating the patient's name in the recipient reference section or other payment details.

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