Teenager appeals for funds for kidney transplant

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 21 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: A 17-year-old student is appealing for help to undergo a kidney transplant. 

Manalan Vellasamy, a Fifth Former at Sekolah Menengah Methodist in Tanjung Malim, did not suspect he had kidney problems after suffering bouts of vomiting in March. 

“I went for a check-up at several private clinics in Tanjung Malim for the vomiting. One doctor suspected something wrong with my kidneys and referred me to the Selayang Hospital on April 6,” he said at a press conference organised by MIC Youth. 

His parents, rubber tappers R. Vellasamy and R. Alamelu, are worried about their only son.  

They also have a daughter. 

“Manalan is an active student. He had been taking taekwondo classes for the past 10 years and is holder of a black belt. His ailment is a total shock to us,” Vellasamy said. 

Vellasamy said the doctors advised that a kidney transplant was the best option for Manalan but there was a waiting list of over 1,800 people.  

“They said my son will have to wait and it can take more than 10 years. He will still have to undergo dialysis every other day,” he said, adding that they were looking at doing the transplant in Chennai, India. 

“It is expected to cost about RM75,000. We managed to raise about RM15,000 and are appealing for funds,” he said. 

MIC youth chief S.A. Vigneswaran led a group of youth council members in visiting Manalan at the Selayang Hospital and promised to help the family raise funds.  

“I have spoken to Umno Youth public complaints unit chief Datuk Subahan Kamal who has agreed to help us in the fund-raising campaign,” he said, before handing over a RM3,000 donation. 

All donations can be sent to MIC Youth Social and Welfare Committee, No. 12, Jalan PBP 5, Taman Industri, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 41700, Selangor or deposited into Maybank account 108083149207. 

For more details, contact Mohan at 019-211 9547 or 03-5882 3060.  

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