HOPING for a child, site supervisor Wong Meng Chung and wife Lau Ann Mei spent thousands of ringgit on both traditional and modern treatment over the past nine years.
Wong, 36, said they were so eager that they would try anything recommended by friends.
“We bought herbs and pills and even went for traditional massage which was supposed to make us more fertile and enable me to conceive,'' admitted Lau, 33, a site clerk.
The couple are now proud parents of Clarissa Wong, born on Aug 9 this year.
Wong and Lau, relating their relief, said they sought treatment at the iCare Island Hospital's Fertility Centre under the Tunku Azizah Fertility Foundation (TAFF) after hearing about TAFF from a friend and reading about it in The Star.
The couple, who took part in the in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) programme, have two embryos frozen, and look forward to having more babies.
Recently, the couple and baby Clarissa met TAFF founder, Tengku Puan of Pahang Tengku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj.
Tengku Azizah was invited by the hospital to launch the iCare Island Fertility Centre's website www. islandfertility.com.
Also present was hospital chief executive officer Dr Chan Kok Ewe.
Tengku Azizah said TAFF required RM600,000 each year to help 50 couples undergo treatment at any one of the 15 fertility clinics and hospitals selected by TAFF.
“TAFF is fully sponsoring the programme for couples, which can cost anything from RM15,000 and above for each of them,” she said.
To raise funds, Tengku Azizah said she planned to publish three cookbooks next year.