A 33-year-old man experienced a heart rate of 200 beats per minute. The abnormal heartbeat was not because he encountered his dream girl but a life-threatening signal that warned him that his heart might stop suddenly due to overwork.
Eng Jit Hau from Bukit Mertajam, Penang, had a rapid heartbeat and was diagnosed with arrhythmia during his teenage time. As an athlete, he couldn’t accept the fact. Jit Hau took almost a year to adjust and persuade himself to give up his dream of being an athlete. He also had surgery to place an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) under his skin.
After 15 years, the battery is now exhausted. Jit Hau needs to upgrade the device and implant a cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator (CRTD), or he might die suddenly. He is seeking the help of RM65,000 for his medical expenses.
【He was an athlete representing his school in track and field. He also prepared to participate in Malaysian Games (Sukma) trial when he was diagnosed with arrhythmia. He was forced to give up his dream of being an athlete after receiving the unexpected news】
Jit Hau was active in track and field competitions during secondary school. One day when he was 17, he found his heart beating too fast even when resting in bed at night after finishing training. He went to a clinic, and the doctor discovered his heart rate was 200 beats per minute and diagnosed him with arrhythmogenic ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).
The sudden news rocked his entire world. He lost the meaning of life as he knew that he had to give up his dream as an athlete. He understood that excessive exercise might lead to an abnormal heartbeat that would cause his heart to fail and die. He spent a year to regain his motivation in life.
When Jit Hau was 18, the hospital referred him to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for ICD. After the surgery, his life resumed as usual. He continued his studies and started exercising regularly. However, he stopped aggressive exercise and took part only in badminton, swimming and jogging.
Three years ago, his ICD showed a warning that the battery was about to exhaust, but he ignored it as he did not experience any discomfort. Last month, he discovered his heart beat too fast even when he was taking rest after some exercises. He went for an examination, and the doctor confirmed that he needed to replace the battery of the ICD.
His family and colleagues raised funds for him to replace the battery. Unexpectedly, his condition did not improve after the battery replacement. Therefore, the doctor suggested he implant a cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator (CRTD), which can also prevent bacterial infections and other problems. When a patient’s heartbeat is irregular, whether too fast or too slow, a CRTD can help defibrillate and pace the heart to regular heartbeats.
Jit Hau is 33 years old. He works as an assistant engineer in a factory. His original plan was to work hard, get married and have his children, but his treatment exhausted all his savings. And now, he cannot afford the RM65,000 in medical expenses; hence, he approached One Hope Charity for help.
After reviewing the case following a home visit, One Hope Charity decided to assist Jit Hau in raising the medical expenses he needs. 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.