The newlywed couple welcomed the arrival of their firstborn with full of joy. Unexpectedly, when the baby was four months old, he had a fever and cough. The doctor discovered the bay’s heartbeat with murmurs. After referring the baby to a hospital, the doctor diagnosed him with congenital heart disease. The hole in his heart expanded from 3.5mm to 6.5mm in two months, terrifying his parents.
Eight-month-old baby, Dylan Ooi Wei Qin from Kampung Selamat in North Seberang Prai needs heart repair surgery. However, the surgical costs RM80,000, and the parents are helpless as they cannot afford the substantial surgical fee. Hence, they turn to society for help.
【Although the baby does not suffer from shortness of breath and cyanosis, the doctor reminded the parents to rush the baby to the emergency department if they notice their baby’s breathing is not smooth or the diaphragm is sunken, so they are living in worry and fear every day】
His mother went for prenatal check-ups during pregnancy, and everything was fine. The baby was born naturally at full term in November last year, weighing 3.28kg. He was healthy and strong. Unexpectedly, in March this year, the then four-month-old baby boy had a fever and cough, and the doctor discovered that the child had a heart murmur. He quickly referred the baby to a hospital for examination, and the baby was diagnosed with ventricular septal defect (VSD).
When the doctor checked the baby for the first time in May this year, the hole in his heart was 3.5mm. The doctor hoped that the hole would close on its own through medication. However, when the baby went for a follow-up visit in July, the doctor found that the hole had expanded to 6.5mm. The parents were worried as the hole had doubled in size in merely two months.
The doctor told the parents that usually, a hole in a baby’s heart could close by itself before the baby is eight months old. However, the hole in their son’s heart has not shrunk but enlarged, and it may be difficult to close on its own.
According to the medical report, although baby Dylan has received medication treatment, he still has mild heart failure and problems gaining weight. He needs surgery as soon as possible to prevent his condition from deteriorating. However, the surgery is estimated to cost RM80,000.
The anxious parents hope their son can undergo surgery as early as possible to prevent unwanted incidents. Although the baby will not turn cyanotic or suffer shortness of breath, the doctor reminded the parents to rush the baby to the hospital if he has unsmooth breathing or his diaphragm is sunken. The parents are living in worry every day. They pay extra attention to their son as they don’t want their negligence to affect their baby. After serious consideration, the parents decided not to delay their baby’s treatment. Hence, they approached One Hope Charity to help them with the RM80,000.
The baby’s 29-year-old father, Ooi Chee Tat, runs a wholesale stationery business. He works alone to supply office stationery to his customers, and his income is unstable. He earns about RM3,000 monthly, but his business has been terrible recently. His 27-year-old wife, Ng Ming Yin, is a clerk with a salary of RM1,700. The baby boy is the couple’s first child.
After reviewing the case following a home visit, One Hope Charity decided to assist in raising the RM80,000 he needed. His 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.