WHAT started out as a bad cough turned out to be a much more serious ailment for five-month-old Umma Habibah Mohd Ikram.
She has two holes in her heart and needs funds for surgery to save her life.
Her desperate parents, who are from Klang, cannot afford the surgery and have approached non-profit Persatuan Kebajikan Amal Da Ai Malaysia to help raise RM60,000 for the operation.
Persatuan Kebajikan Amal Da Ai Malaysia social worker Calvin Wong said, “The medical report shows that Umma Habibah has an atrial septal defect (ASD) and ventricular septal defect (VSD) and must undergo surgery.
“Without surgery, she could have high lung pressure or heart failure.”
Umma Habibah’s father Mohd Ikram Osman Ghani is a fishmonger in a market earning minimum wage while her mother Yasmin Abas Miah is a homemaker.
Yasmin was devastated upon finding out about her daughter’s condition.
“Having a newborn baby was supposed to bring us joy but our lives have become very sad.
“We are filled with hopelessness seeing our baby sick like this, knowing she is suffering.
“We can’t afford these huge medical expenses. We are appealing to the public to help us.
“We hope she will survive this ordeal and have a better life,” she said.
Those who wish to help can donate through the Da Ai Social crowdfunding platform at RHB Bank Account 21403500146601 (Reference: Case 1508).
Wong can be contacted at 011-2611 0287 for more information on Umma Habibah’s condition.