Funds raised for toddler’s surgery


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 18 Jul 2020

Khubaib at Hospital Kuala Lumpur when he was first diagnosed with a congenital heart condition.

A CHILD who only recently learnt to walk will undergo surgery to address his congenital heart condition, using financial aid from Star Foundation’s Medical Fund programme.

The funds raised from members of the public and readers of The Star will give Ahmad Khubaib Al Baaqir Wahyudah Adam Saputra a chance to lead a normal life.

He was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot six months ago, when he was just 10 months old.

His mother, Nur Syakirah Rusli, 25, said Khubaib’s lips and fingers once turned blue while they were at a clinic for his regular check-up.

“It was not the first time it happened but we did not think too much of it then. However, when the clinic referred us to Hospital Kuala Lumpur, we realised the severity of his condition, ” she said.

Subsequently, Khubaib’s case was referred to the National Heart Institute (IJN).

The family from Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, contacted Star Foundation as they could not afford the cost of surgery.

Nur Syakirah is a housewife while her husband, Wahyudah Adam Saputra, also 25, teaches at a tahfiz school in Cheras.

While the exact cause of Tetralogy of Fallot — a combination of four related congenital heart defects — is usually unknown, it could lead to heart failure if left untreated.

“My husband’s income was affected during the movement control order.

“Without the assistance from Star Foundation and The Star readers, it would be impossible for us to secure the funds for Khubaib’s surgery during these trying times. We are truly grateful, ” said Nur Syakirah.

The surgery and convalescence expenses are estimated to cost RM47,000.

Both Wahyudah and Nur Syakirah hoped for a better life for their only child after the surgery.

“He loves animals, especially cats. Sometimes, we take him out for walks to play with cats.

“However, he turns blue and tires easily. We hope he will be able to play and run around like other children without turning blue in future, ” said Wahyudah.

Khubaib, who learned to say “Bu”, his term of endearment for “mother” not too long ago, will undergo a Tetralogy of Fallot repair surgery at IJN to help normalise the oxygen level in his body.

Star Foundation’s Medical Fund programme was started in 2015 to help underprivileged individuals suffering from chronic illnesses by sponsoring one-off medical treatment and care.

Public donations are welcome to support a continuous stream of medical cases such as this. Donations can be made to Star Foundation-Medical Fund’s Public Bank account (31-9984-9230) via bank transfer, credit or debit cards.

To get a tax exemption receipt, donors need to fill in the Medical Fund-Donation Form available via starfoundation.com.my.

For further details, email starfoundation@thestar.com.my

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