Hole-in-heart girl to get surgery after fundraising meets target

MALAYSIANS have come together to help nine-year-old Risty Anak Febry undergo a heart surgery that will change her life for the better.

A donation drive initiated by Star Foundation to raise RM40,000 to cover the surgery has been met. With that, the donation drive for Risty is officially closed.

Star Foundation thanks all donors who contributed to the fund.

Excess donations will be used for the next eligible patient under the programme.

To get a tax exemption receipt, donors need to complete the Medical Fund Donation Form on Star Foundation’s website.

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

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

For details, visit starfoundation.com.my and for enquiries, email starfoundation@thestar.com.my.

Risty was only six when her doctor detected a needle-sized hole in her heart, known as a large atrial septal defect.

Over the last two years, she was unable to go for regular hospital check-ups because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order.

Last month, Risty was finally referred to the National Heart Institute (IJN) in Kuala Lumpur for treatment and surgery to close the hole in her heart.

Her mother, Juana Anak Giring, 28, is a single parent who does odd jobs, such as cleaning houses and babysitting.

Juana receives monthly government aid of RM300 while Risty’s grandfather, Giling Anak Renang, 72, who works as a security guard, occasionally helps out.

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