Boy in dire need of funds for cochlear surgery

Chua (left) handing over One Hope Charity and Welfare Berhad’s donation to Awiskarni and his wife Endon (holding Ahmad Urwah). — Bernama

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy urgently needs cochlear implant surgery that will restore his hearing but unfortunately, his parents are unable to afford the operation.

Ahmad Urwah Amin Ahmad Lutfi Amir from Kepala Batas on the Penang mainland has been diagnosed with nerve problems in the right side of his brain.

He is unable to react and respond to his family members because of his hearing disability.

“When we interact with him, his reaction is slow and he does not respond to voice calls,” said his maternal grandmother Endon Rashid, 62.

“We need to use hand signals if we want to communicate with him.

“My husband and I take care of him when his parents are at work.

“We can’t send him to a nursery like other children as he needs full attention,” she added.

Both she and her husband Awiskarni Zulkarnaini, 65, together with the boy’s parents Ahmad Lutfi Amir Soid, 33, and Asma Aainaa Awiskarni, 32, are seeking help from the public.

They were all present at a recent pressconference in Bukit Mertajam organised by One Hope Charity and Welfare Berhad.

Its director Chua Sui Hau said the organisation wanted to help Ahmad Urwah so the little boy can lead a normal life and go to kindergarten just like other children.

The total cost of the treatment is RM200,000 and the organisation has pledged to contribute RM10,000.

“It has been confirmed that Ahmad Urwah is fit for surgery.

“His parents can only afford RM100,000 and require the balance of nearly RM100,000,” said Chua.

“They are appealing for donations and counting on the generosity and compassion of the public.”

Chua said the boy had been using a hearing aid for about a year but his hearing had not improved so doctors advised that Ahmad Urwah undergo surgery as soon as possible.

The surgery is expected to be carried out at LohGuanLye Specialists Hospital on the island.

After the cochlear operation, Ahmad Urwah will have to undergo hearing therapy sessions.

Those who wish to donate can do so via One Hope Charity and Welfare Berhad’s Public Bank account 3192433435.

They can also call 016-4192192 or 04-5059800. — Bernama

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