**RM10,000 has been channelled from the “emergency medical reserve fund”. Hence, One Hope Charity will only launch a fundraising of RM90,000 for this case.**
“She is three, but we have never heard her call us daddy and mommy. And now, she can have a cochlear implant in her right ear. We hope that you can help our daughter to regain her hearing.”
It was too late when the doctor diagnosed a three-year-old girl, Ding Qiao Wei, from Ipoh, Perak, with deafness in both ears. Therefore, the child needs cochlear implantation soonest to adapt and sense the sound around her as much as possible and catch up with learning to speak to get rid of the fate of being deaf and mute. As she is not from a well-off family, her parents plead for assistance of RM100,000 in surgical expenses.
【Little Qiao Wei had a heart murmur at birth, and the doctor diagnosed her with holes in the heart. Fortunately, the gaps are getting smaller as days pass, and her condition is stable. She only needs to go for follow-up visits. However, the deafness might affect the rest of her life】
When the mother went for her prenatal examinations, the doctor did not find any abnormalities in the mother and child. However, the baby had a heart murmur at birth and a test revealed five holes in the heart and jaundice. The doctor referred the baby to a hospital for treatment. After two weeks, the doctor said the remaining two holes in the heart would be closed by itself. As the jaundice index dropped, the doctor allowed the baby to be discharged. Now, the little girl’s heart problem is stable, and she only needs to continue with regular follow-up visits and observations.
Qiao Wei has been living with her grandmother. Sometimes, she would react and look at her elders to talk. Moreover, when her father returned home on his motorcycle, the girl knew his father would be home soon and waited for him at the door. Therefore, the adults did not notice her hearing problem. They only thought that she had not yet learned to speak. Qiao Wei is three this year, and her parents sent her a nursery school in June.
Unexpectedly, after a week of school, the teachers discovered the child did not respond when they called Qiao Wei from behind, so they told her family to bring her for a hearing test. Now, Qiao Wei can only speak “Nen Nen” and “Ah Mah”. In July, her parents brought her to a hospital for examination. The brain wave test showed that the child did not respond to sounds. The parents sought a second opinion, and after an in-depth MRI and CT Scan, the doctor confirmed the child was deaf in both ears.
Qiao Wei’s nerves in her left ear are weak, so she is unsuitable for the cochlear implant in her left ear. Her right ear is suitable for cochlear implantation surgery, and she can hope to regain her hearing.
Her 35-year-old father, Ding Tai Sze, is a photocopier machine technician with an income of about RM5,000. Her 30-year-old mother, Wong Shi Wei, is a housewife. She also makes flower art part-time to help support the family. She earns about RM200 monthly. The couple has two daughters, aged three and one. Since the girl was diagnosed with deafness, the doctor suggested that the mother care for the girl herself, as she needs a lot of language communication and education.
After reviewing the case, One Hope Charity decided to assist little Qiao Wei in raising the medical expenses she needed. Her parents 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 or 018-911 4192 if you have questions.