Plea for baby’s brain surgery

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The par­ents of oneyear-old Shain­tahvi Nade­san ( pix) who has a brain de­for­mity known as “holo­pros­en­cephaly”, are in need of funds for their daugh­ter’s surgery.

The amount re­quired for the surgery to in­sert a shunt in her brain is RM30,000 and they hope to raise the amount by Sept 21, the sched­uled date of the surgery.

Se­lan­gor State Assem­bly Speaker Han­nah Yeoh said Shain­tahvi, who was ini­tially treated at Uni­ver­sity Malaya Med­i­cal Cen­tre, was re­ferred to the Gle­nea­gles Hos­pi­tal last month.

She said Shain­tahvi also has a twin brother who was born with only one kid­ney.

“The fam­ily has spent RM10,000 on med­i­cal bills for both chil­dren.

“Her fa­ther, Nade­san Muthaliar, 37, is the sole bread­win­ner of the fam­ily, earn­ing RM2,100 and her mother, Kan­i­moli Tang­gavelu ( pix), 35, is a housewife,” Yeoh told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Kan­i­moli said the swelling at the base of her daugh­ter’s head was caused by a cyst in her brain.

She said in­sert­ing the shunt would help stop the pres­sure in her brain from grow­ing.

The pub­lic can bank in dona­tions for the surgery to Kan­i­moli’s May­bank ac­count: 112362253862 (Kan­i­moli Tang­gavelu) or call Yeoh’s of­fice at 03-5631 2768 from Mon­day to Fri­day, 10am to 5pm. – by Song Boon Mun

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