“Whenever I looked at her, her eyes were closed. I am so afraid that my baby will leave… I am terrified. I beg you to give my baby a chance to undergo surgery.”
The parents joyfully welcomed their newborn girl, and the doctor discharged baby Eniyasri A/P Devandran three days after birth. Unexpectedly, a few hours after returning home, the baby experienced shortness of breath, vomited and later fell unconscious. The novice parents rushed the baby to the hospital, and the examination revealed that the baby had congenital heart disease. She now needs to rely on oxygen aid to survive.
The doctor told the parents that the baby girl was in critical condition and needed urgent surgery. Otherwise, her life might be at stake. The news shocked her parents, who once fell into panic and helplessness. Furthermore, the surgical fee is substantial, so they turned to the public and cried for help with the RM90,000 in surgical expenses.
【The parents have no extra savings. Even if they sell off their motorcycle and gold jewellery, they can only get RM3,000. They cannot pay for the substantial surgical expenditure】
Eniyasri A/P Devandran from Kuala Kangsar, Perak, was born on 19 May. The baby showed no symptoms at birth, so the doctor discharged the mother and daughter three days later. Unexpectedly, the night after she returned home, the baby girl suddenly had shortness of breath, vomited and fell unconscious, frightening her novice parents. They rushed her to the Kuala Kangsar Hospital, where the doctor found the baby’s condition severe. The doctor transferred her to Taiping Hospital the next day and referred her to the Penang Hospital.
A detailed examination confirmed that the baby girl had rare heart defects, namely the transposition of the great arteries (TGA), atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). She is now relying on a breathing aid and needs to undergo an arterial switch operation (ASO) urgently and repair the hole in her heart and heal the PDA.
The baby girl is in critical condition, so the doctor suggested that she should be transferred to a specialist hospital for surgery soon. Otherwise, her life might be at risk. However, the surgical fee is RM100,000. The worried parents cry every day, and they are concerned about their newborn.
The baby girl’s 28-year-old father, Devandran A/L Kumaran, is a salesman with a salary of RM2,000. His background was pitiful. His parents abandoned him after birth, and he became a stateless child. A church shelter cared for him until her grandmother found and adopted him during his teenage years. He actively applied for citizenship, and Devandran finally got his MyKad when he was 17.
Her father did not receive an education due to his stateless child status, so he was not good at speaking. However, he learned Bahasa Malaysia through self-study. He was also hardworking, became an apprentice in wiring, and learned some surviving knowledge, such as making sales.
His 22-year-old wife, Sarmila A/P Muniandy, was a factory operator, but she resigned after she got pregnant. The couple cries almost every day when they see their daughter’s condition. The father not only needs to work, he also needs to care for the wife and child. He is at a loss, living in helplessness and worries every day.
After reviewing the case, One Hope Charity decided to assist in raising RM90,000 for the baby girl needed. Her 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 or 018-911 4192 if you have questions.