*A total of RM10,000 from the “Emergency Medical Reserve Fund” has been channelled; hence, One Hope Charity will only launch fundraising of RM85,000 for this case.*
"Since the baby was born, I have not been able to hold or kiss him. I can only watch him struggle bravely through the incubator. Our greatest hope is that our son can successfully undergo the surgery and be discharged healthy and strong."
A police couple from Seberang Perai Tengah welcomed their third child, Maliq Mateen Bin Muhammad Rafie, on September 10th. However, to their shock, he was born with a bluish discoloration all over his body, diagnosed with a heart defect, and his life was hanging by a thread in the intensive care unit, relying on oxygen assistance.
Although both parents are police officers, the urgency of the situation meant that there was no time to wait for a scheduled surgery. They had to follow the doctor's instructions to transfer the newborn to a specialized hospital for surgery. However, the cost of the surgery, which amounts to RM95,000, has left the parents deeply worried and seeking assistance.
【The baby must undergo surgery before he turns one month old. This is a race against time】
During her pregnancy, the mother suffered from high blood pressure, which she managed with medication. During a routine examination at full term, the doctor noticed irregularities in the baby's heartbeat, leading to the decision to perform a caesarean section. Upon birth, the baby boy turned blue all over and was rushed to the intensive care unit, where he was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). He currently relies on oxygen assistance.
Doctors have informed the parents that the baby must undergo surgery before he turns one month old. Delaying the surgery will weaken the baby's heart function, and by then, the operation will be of no use, and the baby's chances of survival will be greatly diminished.
The father, Muhammad Rafie bin Omar (33 years old), and the mother, Nashrin Farha bt Shariff (33 years old), both hold the rank of Corporal (KPL) and are assigned to police stations in Seberang Perai Penang district. They are responsible for the police reporting counter and patrols and work in shifts, with monthly salaries of RM2,900 and RM2,700, respectively. The couple also has two other children, aged 3 and 1, to care for.
Due to a lack of savings to cover medical expenses, the couple has turned to One Hope Charity for help. After a home visit and verification process, One Hope Charity has decided to assist in raising the necessary funds for the baby's medical expenses. The parents have agreed to entrust the fundraising activities to the One Hope Charity which will also collect the donations. For any inquiries, please contact 04-5399212, 016-4192192, or 018-9114192.