In stable condition: Mohana visiting Kumithira at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur
KUALA LUMPUR: The parents of a toddler born with three holes in her heart only have to pay RM300 out of the RM46,000 needed for her operation – thanks to Wanita MIC.
Kumithira Uthayasurian, aged one year and eight months, successfully underwent a three-hour operation at the National Heart Institute on Monday after Wanita MIC intervened to get the bulk of the cost waived.
Its chief Mohana Muniandy, who is also a member of the institute’s board of trustees, said the Health Ministry had agreed to waive RM45,000 from the total cost, leaving the parents to source for RM1,000.
“After seeing the parents’ appeal in a Tamil daily on Jan 5, we negotiated with the ministry on the cost because the baby’s condition might be serious if she did not undergo an operation.
“When that was done, we contacted Kumithira’s father and agreed to pay RM700 of the remainder,” she said after visiting the baby at the institute here yesterday.
Kumithira’s father, J. Uthaya-surian, 31, said her condition was stable, adding that she had been transferred to an ordinary ward from the intensive care unit, where she was earlier kept for two days.
“My daughter has had this condition since birth. Doctors have warned us that she must be operated on within two years.
“I am touched that not only did Wanita MIC come to our aid, friends and strangers also stepped forward with donations to help us pay for Kumithira’s regular medical check-ups for the past months,” he said.
Since Kumithira’s birth, Uthayasurian, a technician, and his wife, M. Annamah, had brought her to various hospitals, including the Tun Aminah Hospital near their home in Johor, to ensure that her condition was stable.
A representative from the institute said Kumithira’s operation went smoothly, adding that she would be kept in the ward for at least a week for antibiotic observation.