KOTA KINABALU: It’s a small world after all, as evidenced by a mother who searched for help on the Internet to heal her sickly daughter.
Within a week of posting her predicament on social media, self-employed Annette Edward, 35, was contacted by the Social Care Foundation Malaysia (SCFM) which then referred her daughter’s case to the Taipei Medical University Hospital.
“When my daughter Ainsley Yap was three, she would get sick very often with fever, cough, flu and so on,” she said.
Various trips to the doctors eventually led to a diagnosis of persistent ductus arteriosus or a congenital disorder of the heart, and an operation was needed immediately.
But the waiting list was rather long if the operation were to be carried out here, Edward said.
“So I asked for help on Facebook and word-of-mouth. That was when someone saw my postings and introduced me to SCFM.”
“They looked at my case and referred my daughter to the Taipei Medical University Hospital which provides charity services.”
“Within a week, we were all set for Ainsley’s surgery in Taipei. Everything happened so fast. Before we knew it, the hole in her heart was sealed last month,” said the happy mother of one.
Ainsley, now four, is doing all sorts of activities which she could not do last year, Edward said when met at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Taipei Medical University Hospital and SCFM yesterday.
Edward is among four beneficiaries from Sabah who were accepted by the charity programme this year.
SCFM founder and chairman Tan Sri Robert Phang said yesterday that the MoU would benefit more patients.
The Taipei Medical University Hospital superintendent Chen Tzen Wen said the hospital was willing to help those in need as part of its social responsibility.
They have funds for 10 patients each year from Malaysia.
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