MALAYSIANS have once again come together to make a life-changing difference to the lives of patients in need under Star Foundation’s Medical Fund programme.
This time, the public’s generosity is allowing eight-year-old Natalie Soo Lok Min to undergo a liver transplant that will save her life and change it for the better.
Natalie from Menglembu, Ipoh suffers from Biliary Atresia with decompensated liver disease. She was diagnosed with the medical condition when she was 58 days old.
Since then, Natalie had undergone a few surgical procedures but her condition worsened after the last surgery in 2020.
To avoid further complications, doctors recommended a liver transplant for Natalie as soon as possible, at a cost of RM140,000.
Lim Jia Hui, Natalie’s mother, is donating part of her liver for the transplant.
Lim, a mother of four, works two jobs and earns around RM3,000 per month.
Through the medical fund programme, Star Foundation in collaboration with Community Care Enrichment Programme Foundation (CCEP) managed to raise RM140,000 for Natalie’s liver transplant which is scheduled to take place at University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Kuala Lumpur.
Thanks to generous public support, the sum needed for the transplant has been met through the joint fundraiser by both parties.
Star Foundation is grateful to all donors who contributed to the fund and announced that the donation drive for Natalie is officially closed.
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.