"This is a very long journey of treatment, but without it, my child cannot survive. The child needs a bone marrow and stem cell transplant. Although it is heartbreaking, I don't have time to lament. I can only accompany the child and actively cooperate with the treatment. I earnestly implore the public to give the child a chance for treatment!"
Hailing from Klang, Selangor, 12-year-old Heidi Wee Jia Ying was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 6. After undergoing two years of treatment, she successfully navigated through a four-year period of recovery. Unfortunately, as she entered the fifth year of observation, a relapse was discovered. Doctors recommend a bone marrow and stem cell transplant, but the substantial medical expenses have left her parents helpless, pleading for assistance with the RM 100,000 needed for medical costs.
【The father's bone marrow is a suitable match for the transplant, and he willingly steps forward to donate his bone marrow to save his daughter's life. However, the extensive costs associated with the stem cell transplant and subsequent treatments are overwhelming】
Heidi was born healthy, but at the age of 6, she began experiencing recurrent fevers and abdominal swelling. Blood tests revealed abnormal blood indices, with elevated white blood cell counts and reduced red blood cells and platelets. An ultrasound scan showed her spleen swelling from the normal 7 centimeters to 14 centimeters. After further examinations, it was confirmed that Heidi was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), with cancer cells spreading throughout her body, reaching 80-90%.
Doctors promptly initiated chemotherapy, and after a challenging two-year treatment, her check-ups indicated successful clearance of cancer cells. Consequently, she underwent regular follow-ups over the past few years, approaching the completion of a 5-year observation period early next year.
However, the reprieve was short-lived. Since August of this year, Heidi has frequently felt fatigued. During routine check-ups, abnormal platelet levels were discovered, and detailed examinations confirmed a cancer relapse. What is concerning is that this relapse is caused by a rare genetic mutation, categorizing it as a unique condition that cannot be treated with conventional methods.
Doctors recommend starting with medication to eliminate the mutated genes, costing RM7,800 per month. This medication needs to be taken for a year before and after bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. Additionally, the search for matching stem cells for transplantation and the subsequent treatment incur substantial expenses. Unfortunately, the family can only afford a little over RM40,000, with the remaining costs expected to be covered by the parents' companies and insurance. They are still in need of RM100,000 for medical expenses and seek assistance.
Heidi's father, Wee Kuan Yew (41), is a factory planning manager, and her mother, Lau Moung Yee (42), is an auditor. Despite their decent incomes, they have depleted their savings over the past few years in the relentless pursuit of their daughter's recovery. Apart from Heidi, the couple also has a 6-year-old daughter.
After a thorough review, One Hope Charity has decided to assist in raising the necessary medical expenses. The family has entrusted all fundraising activities to the One Hope Charity and authorized them to collect the donations.
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