Toddler in the pink of health after heart surgery


Khubaib in high spirits after his surgery at IJN.

A one-year-old boy has undergone heart surgery to help normalise his blood oxygen levels, thanks to Star Foundation Medical Fund Programme donors.

Ahmad Khubaib Al Baaqir Wahyudah Adam Saputra was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect which could lead to life-threatening conditions, before he turned one.

Typically, patients with Tetralogy of Fallot tire and turn blue easily and Khubaib was no exception.

“My husband and I were worried about the possibility of complications during the three-hour surgery,” said Nur Syakirah Rusli, 25, who is Khubaib’s mother.

“But now, we are happy to see that his lips and nails no longer look blue, they are pink!

“We hope to see him enjoy an active life from now on as he loves the outdoors,“ she added.

The housewife also said that Khubaib’s grandmother and aunties, who all live with the toddler in Cheras, could not wait to see him again.

Being the youngest in the household, Khubaib’s bubbly personality brings joy to those around him.

“We are truly grateful to Star Foundation donors and the hospital.

“Without the financial support, this would not have been possible,” said Nur Syakirah.

The surgical procedure was performed on July 25 at National Heart Institute (IJN).

According to IJN consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Hew Chee Chin, Tetralogy of Fallot correction surgery is best performed at a young age to prevent cyanotic spells and further complications.

“In Khubaib’s case, it was a rather straightforward procedure as his valve was still in good condition.

“Children who come to us too late may require a second surgery later on in their lives.

“Although follow-ups and monitoring are necessary for Khubaib, we hope this will be the only surgery he needs,” said Dr Hew, who performed the operation.

The IJN team also thanked donors and corporate sponsors who came forward to help during these challenging times.

“It is heartwarming to see fellow Malaysians stand together and help those in need,” he said.

The surgery and convalescence expenses cost approximately RM44,000, which was supported by donations collected from readers of The Star.

Star Foundation is the charitable arm of Star Media Group that aims to support impactful initiatives to help a diverse group of beneficiaries.

The Medical Fund Programme was started in 2015 to help underprivileged individuals suffering from chronic illnesses, by sponsoring one-off medical treatment and care.

For details on aid or to donate, visit starfoundation.com.my

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