Family of five-year-old with congenital heart disease appealing for public funds for treatment

MELAKA: Struggling between life and death, five-year-old Muhammad Irsyad Danish is relying on public donations to ensure that he gets to grow up as an adult.

The child will be undergoing his sixth surgery at National Heart Institute (IJN) on April 27, and his dad, who works as a security guard, is running from pillar to post to bear the surgical costs and follow-up treatments.

Khairil Anwar Sulaiman, 41, from Klebang Besar here said he had exhausted all his savings and EPF money to help his second son.

“I cannot bear to think that my son will no longer be with us just because I do not have enough money for his treatment, ” he said when interviewed here on Wednesday (April 7).

Muhammad Irsyad was born with congenital heart disease and later developed gallstones.

Khairil said he has been travelling regularly to National Heart Institute (IJN) and Kuala Lumpur Hospital for the past five years and had spent a huge sum on travelling expenses.

“Muhammad Irsyad had undergone five corrective surgeries since his birth, and I was told the upcoming one at IJN is categorised as a high-risk operation, ” he said.

Khairil said his wife Nur Fatehah Omar, 33, also resigned from her work as a stall helper in order to take care of Muhammad Irsyad, as well as his eldest son who is now 11 years old.

“I am the sole breadwinner for my family with a monthly salary of RM1,600, and I am unable to raise a hefty amount of RM50,000 that's needed for my son’s surgery, as well as for his subsequent treatments, ” he said.

He said Muhammad Irsyad also requires a 0.5m urethra for him to relieve himself.

Meanwhile, Nur Fatehah said she has to take care of her son for a lifetime, as he needs constant care and is unable to urinate like a normal child, ” she said.

Nur Fatehah said her hopes of keeping her son alive are diminishing as the couple is struggling to arrange for the funds to enable Muhammad to undergo the surgery as scheduled.

“We can only pray and appeal to the public to save our son’s life, she added.

Those who wish to contribute can contact Khairil at 017-3453835.

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