**RM35,000 has been channelled from the “Emergency Medical Reserve Fund”. Hence, One Hope Charity will only launch a fundraising of RM307,190 for this case.**
The brothers are lively and active. They will cry and sometimes be cheeky, and seeing their differences with the other children is hard. However, their world has no sound, language or music, as they were born deaf. Even though the parents cried, they couldn’t change the fact that their sons had hearing problems. Fortunately, after seeking medical consultations, the doctor suggested the brothers undergo cochlear implant surgery, which gave them some hope again.
The twin brothers, Lee Ting Feng and Lee Rong Hao from Ipoh, Perak, were found suitable for cochlear implant surgery in both ears. However, the surgical cost is substantial and a heavy burden to their family, which is not well-to-do. Therefore, their parents pleaded with the public to help them with the RM342,190, including two pairs of artificial cochlea, surgical fees, hospitalisation expenses, speech therapy etc.
【Welcoming twins brought them double happiness, but the parents’ pressure and pain were also double. And now, they require double for the twin’s medical expenses】
When Ting Feng and his younger brother Rong Hao were born in a hospital in Ipoh, everything was normal. However, their family discovered that the few-month-old boys had no reaction to the loud firecrackers during the Chinese New Year. In addition, the children could not make sounds or speak, but the parents did not take it seriously.
When the twin brothers were one year and 11 months old, they were still unable to speak and reacted slowly, so the parents began to worry. After an in-depth examination at the hospital, the doctor diagnosed them with hearing impairment in both ears. Ting Feng has a more severe hearing loss, and he barely responds to sounds even if he wears a hearing aid. He only responded to sounds over 100 decibels, which is the volume of pilling. His younger brother, Rong Hao, has a hearing loss of 80 decibels and is still responsive to some sounds.
For the past year, they have undergone many tests at government hospitals and received government-funded hearing aids to improve their hearings. They also went through various tests and confirmed that they have met the standards to be placed in the queue of government-subsidised cochlear implant surgeries list. The doctor diagnosed the brothers with hearing problems when they were two. They had been wearing hearing aids, but there has been no further progress in their treatment for nearly a year since then.
As the boys grow, the parents are worried that they might miss out on the prime time of learning to speak. The doctor also informed them that the best time for cochlear implant surgery is before the age of three. The father initially planned to send his sons to a kindergarten after the surgery.
After waiting for some time without getting any update, the parents had no choice but to go to Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (formally known as Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, HUKM) for consultation. After examination, the doctor told the parents that the brothers were suitable for cochlear implant surgery. However, the parents were helpless as they could not afford the substantial surgical expenses. Hence, they approached One Hope Charity for help.
The boys’ 39-year-old father, Lee Ming Shin, is a technician at an electronic factory with a basic salary of RM3,500. He needs to work hard for overtime to increase his income to RM4,000 or RM5,000. Their 29-year-old Indonesian mother, Jenni Suryani Marpaung, was a factory worker and became a housewife after marriage. The couple has twin sons and a daughter under one-year-old.
Besides paying for the living expenses of the family of five, the father also needs to support his elderly father and bear part of the expenses of his wife’s family. Therefore, he sought help for the cost of cochlear implant surgery, while he will pay for the post-surgery follow-up treatment expenses and the expenditure of his sons’ speech therapy sessions.
After reviewing the case, One Hope Charity decided to assist the brothers with their needed medical expenses. Their 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.