Baby needs RM70,000 for surgery

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KUALA LUMPUR: A month-old baby di­ag­nosed with a heart de­fect, trans­po­si­tion of the great ar­ter­ies (TGA), is in need of RM70,000 to un­dergo surgery.

Dwayne Ry­den anak Romy from Sarawak, is warded at the in­ten­sive care unit of Gle­nea­gles Hos­pi­tal in Am­pang.

Dwayne’s mother, Debbee anak Brawie, 27, said her wish was for her son to un­dergo the op­er­a­tion as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Af­ter he was born in Sibu Hos­pi­tal, doc­tors told me two ma­jor ves­sels in his heart were switched and he needed an op­er­a­tion to cor­rect the de­fect,” she said.

Dwaynewas re­ferred to Gle­nea­gles Hos­pi­tal here.

“It is painful to see my baby be­ing poked and prod­ded by nee­dles and tubes. I’ve had min­i­mal phys­i­cal con­tact with him. I can’t wait for him to get bet­ter and bring him home. My baby is a fighter. I should be strong for him,” said Debbee.

Debbee, an in­dus­trial nurse, earns RM2,500 a month and her hus­band, a tech­ni­cian, earns RM1,400 monthly.

Even though this is her con­fine­ment pe­riod, the mother chose to travel to Kuala Lumpur to be with her son.

Len Kam Mooi, 49, is also ap­peal­ing for do­na­tion to fund a pul­monary valve re­place­ment surgery for her 18-year-old daugh­ter, Wong Rui Xin.

Wong was di­ag­nosed with a prob­lem associated with long term pul­monary re­gur­gi­ta­tion, which is a leaky pul­monary valve where, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, blood flows back into the heart cham­ber be­fore it gets to the lungs for oxy­gen.

“In 2000, she had an op­er­a­tion for an­other heart de­fect, the tetral­ogy of fal­lot (TOF), which was re­quired to close the hole in her heart and to re­lieve the block­age of the blood ves­sels to the lungs.

“Af­ter the op­er­a­tion, she was grow­ing well, but now she needs a sec­ond op­er­a­tion to insert an ar­ti­fi­cial valve at the out­flow to the lungs,” Len said, ad­ding that the op­er­a­tion would cost RM50,000.

“Fur­ther de­lay will be detri­men­tal to the qual­ity and du­ra­tion of her life,” she said.

Dwayne and Wong will be un­der­go­ing surg­eries at Gle­nea­gles Hos­pi­tal.

Those who wish to do­nate may 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 to: The Group Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions De­part­ment, Me­dia Prima Ber­had, Level 1, An­jung Riong, Balai Berita, 31 Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

Do­na­tions can be done via cash de­posit to May­bank ac­count (5141-0532-3170).

PIC BY HALIM SALLEH

Debbee anak Brawie with her son, Dwayne Ry­den anak Romy, who needs a heart surgery.

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