KUALA LUMPUR: A baby boy and a five-year-old girl are looking for donations from the public to help them undergo heart surgery at the Gleneagles Hospital here.
Three months old Lim Jun Chen was diagnosed with a heart defect, ventricular septal defect (VSD) or commonly known as hole in the heart, of which his surgery would cost RM30,000.
The defect on the right side of his heart was detected by doctors six months into his mother’s pregnancy.
Jun Chen’s father, Lim Ee Hwa, 36, said his son is currently receiving treatment and has been placed in the intensive care unit (ICU). He is in a stable condition but he is in need of surgery soon.
“Jun Chen needs to undergo surgery to bind his vessels to reduce blood flow to his lungs in order to avoid the risk of him developing disease.
“I cannot afford the cost of surgery as I only make less than RM2,000 a month,” said the father, who is a lorry driver.
Lim and his wife, Chan Jing Fen, 30, who works as a part-time assistant accountant, hope their son can live like other children after the surgery.
He added that after this surgery, his son would have to undergo another surgery when he is 10-years-old.
Meanwhile, the mother of Nurin Aura Latisha Muhd Zulkifli Iman, 3, hopes that her daughter could undergo a surgery soon as her heart condition had meant that she was always tired and is often down with fever.
Nur Hidayah Sirojuddin, 27, said her daughter was diagnosed with atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) when she was 8-month-old and she needs RM60,000 to undergo a surgery.
Hidayah said that Nurin heart was swelling due to her heart defect.
“Her heart is not normal and the vessels cannot function properly to separate fluids from oxygen. She keeps complaining to me that she feels pain,” she said.
She said her daughter’s heart condition had stunted Nurin’s growth as she is smaller in size compared to children of similar age.
Nurin is schedule to undergo a surgery tomorrow while Jun Chen will be undergoing surgery soon.
Those who wish to donate can send cheques made payable to the Media Prima-NSTP Humanitarian Fund with the patient’s name written on the reverse side of the cheque and addressed it to: The Group Corporate Communications Department, Media Prima Berhad, Level 1, Anjung Riong, Balai Berita, 31 Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
The public may also send in their donation to the fund’s Maybank account (5141-0532-3170).