Baby stable after operation to relocate heart

  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Jun 2003


PETALING JAYA: Not seeing his son smile for a whole day distresses Mohamad Kamil Latip, although his two-month baby Mohamad Aidil Zikri successfully underwent an operation to relocate his heart on Wednesday morning. 

“Of course, I am still anxious. I will feel like this as long as he has not recovered. And I feel sad that I haven’t seen his smile the whole day because he is not fully conscious. 

“But I talk to him and tell him to be strong. Maybe he can hear and understand me, people say that babies can,” the 33-year old father said yesterday. 

Mohamad Kamil, who said his son was on a ventilator, added that Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH) Paediatric Institute consultant surgeon Dr Zakaria Zahari told him that Mohamad Aidil’s condition had stabilised. 

Mohamad Aidil underwent a five-hour corrective surgery on Wednesday and is now hospitalised at KLH's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.  

Born on March 28 with a heart located outside his chest near the abdomen, covered with a sac containing also his liver and navel, he suffered from a rare congenital anomaly known medically as ectopia cordis. Some 200 cases of ectopia cordis have been reported worldwide since the deformity was first recorded in 1671. 

Mohamad Aidil is the third baby born with such a condition in Malaysia – the other two infants died three and 20 days respectively after birth. 

“I have cried many times. But I pray and draw strength from Allah. That is all I can do. Maybe when he is discharged, I will have a kenduri doa selamat (thanksgiving gathering) to thank everyone who has helped us,” said Mohamad Kamil, who is from Taiping, Perak.  

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