Urgent Fundraising – Delan Ryan Santam (Meconium Aspiration Syndrome)



"When I found out about my child's condition, I cried every day. I had eagerly awaited the moment of meeting my child for ten months during pregnancy. But as soon as the child was born, we hardly had a chance to see him before he was rushed to the emergency room for resuscitation..."

A newlywed couple celebrated the arrival of their love child, Delan Ryan Santam. They were overjoyed to have a child after a long wait, but during the delivery process, there was a meconium-stained amniotic fluid, and the baby had to be urgently delivered due to concerns of meconium aspiration syndrome.

After birth, the baby suffered from oxygen deprivation, was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and was diagnosed with a bacterial lung infection. He required oxygen support in the NICU and needed about two weeks to clear the lung infection. However, the estimated medical expenses were expected to soar to RM40,000, causing great anxiety for the new parents. They were caught between concern for their child's health and the significant medical expenses and sought assistance.

【The parents had initially set aside RM2,900 for the maternity package, but they were taken by surprise as the baby's health complications continued to arise. The medical expenses escalated, becoming ten times higher than they had anticipated. This put additional strain on the parents' financial situation】

An Indian couple from Ipoh, Perak, initially rejoiced upon learning about the good news of their pregnancy. However, at two months into the pregnancy, their doctor informed them about an issue of uterine bleeding within the mother's body, posing a potential threat to the baby's health. Consequently, the pregnant woman was advised by the doctor to work from home and rest in bed to safeguard the stability of the baby. The expected due date was set for October 28th. Nevertheless, on October 8th, the mother's amniotic fluid ruptured, requiring an urgent hospital visit.

After undergoing a 24-hour induction process, the doctor decided to admit the mother to the delivery room to prepare for childbirth. However, the baby did not arrive promptly, and meconium had already been discharged. An emergency cesarean section was performed, and the newborn male baby did not cry upon birth. He suffered from severe oxygen deprivation and respiratory distress. The doctor diagnosed the baby as having inhaled meconium, along with the possibility of sepsis and Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS). The baby needed two weeks of treatment in the intensive care unit, with estimated medical expenses of RM40,000.

The father, Garnesh A/L Many (31 years old), works as a junior engineer with a monthly salary of around RM4,000. The mother, Sharon Basils A/P Balakrishnan (31 years old), is a financial analyst with a monthly salary of approximately RM5,000. They have to cover housing and car loans while also being responsible for the living expenses of their two elderly parents.

Initially, they had prepared RM2,900 for delivery expenses. However, the mother's medical bills, which amounted to RM6,000 after discharge, depleted their savings. They are unable to afford the baby's medical expenses, leaving them in distress and urgently seeking external assistance.

Family agreed to fully authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect donations from the well-wishers on their behalf. Call One Hope Charity’s hotline at 04-539 9212, 016-419 2192, 019-232 2192 or 018-911 4192 if you have questions.

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