Boy on the mend after brain surgery

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 Feb 2019

All smiles: Yu Jian is now recovering at home after a seven-hour operation.

SHAH ALAM: Star Foundation’s Medical Fund Programme recipient Ng Yu Jian has undergone the brain surgery needed to help manage his epileptic seizures and is now on the road to recovery.

Three-year-old Yu Jian suffers from refractory epilepsy, which was caused by a severe birth abnormality affecting the right half of his brain.

Attempts to control the condition with medication were futile and his development was gravely affected.

Thanks to overwhelming support from generous donors, over RM60,000 was raised and on Jan 30, Yu Jian successfully underwent a major surgical procedure that offered him a chance to control the seizures that had affected his health since birth.

Yu Jian’s parents were relieved when the neurosurgeon assured them that the seven-hour surgery went smoothly.

“We were waiting anxiously as the operation took longer than expected.

“Yu Jian’s seven-year-old brother even called to ask if his little brother was doing fine,” said Yu Jian’s father B.S. Ng, 39, when met at Ara Damansara Medical Centre (ADMC) after the surgery.

Ng, an insurance agent, also expressed his gratitude to the kind donors, the team at ADMC and the Star Foundation for helping his son.

“When Yu Jian stopped responding to medications and we were told that the surgery was so costly, we had planned on selling our possessions and seeking help from family members.

“I am truly thankful for all the financial assistance and support we have received.

“We now have hope,” he added.

Representatives of the Joint Epilepsy Surgery Programme between Department of Paediatric Neurology, Hospital Kuala Lumpur and the Epilepsy Surgery Programme at ADMC Shah Alam also expressed their gratitude to donors who made the surgery possible and to Star Foundation for its assistance.

Star Foundation is the charitable arm of Star Media Group aimed at delivering meaningful initiatives with lasting outcomes to a diverse group of beneficiaries.

Its Medical Fund Programme was set up in 2015 to help individuals and families in dire need of financial aid and medical attention.

Surplus funds raised from this medical case have been placed under the generic Medical Fund Programme and will be used for the next qualified patient.

For more details on Star Foundation’s work with the community, visit

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