WHEN Navyin Andrew, 17, underwent an operation to correct a defect in his heart when he was four, his parents thought he had made a full recovery.
However a month ago, he suddenly collapsed in his house in Bandar Baru Air Itam, Penang.
Doctors diagnosed that he needed a pacemaker or he would be unable to lead a normal life.
“We thought he had fully recovered as he was an active boy who represented his school, SMK George Town, in many sport events especially athletics,” said his mother N. Nagaletchimi.
Navyin said his first love was athletics and he also liked to play football but he has no energy nowadays and needed constant rest following his collapse.
“I am now pursuing a diploma in robotic engineering at the Northern Skills Development Centre but have to take a break due to my condition.”
He needs RM17,000 for the pacemaker, which his single mother is unable to afford as she needs to take care of two other children, aged six and 16.
Nagaletchimi is working as an administrative staff in a construction company and said she only made enough to care for her three children.
“We are relying on public kindness to raise the money for my son’s operation which has been scheduled for May 24 at the Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah in Alor Setar, Kedah.”
She was speaking to reporters at a press conference arranged by Paya Terubong assemblyman Yeoh Soon Hin on Monday.
“Although time is short, I’m confident that enough can be raised,” said Yeoh.
Those who wish to donate can bank in the money into the Maybank account (557054612177) of the JKKK Tingkat Paya Terubong and call Yeoh’s service centre (04-8278868).