The 27-year-old woman and her Chines husband have two adorable children. However, as a mother, she has never hugged her children because of her heart disease.
The 43-year-old man and his wife have 5 children. His cardiovascular blockage is nearly 100% and he is temporarily unable to work. He hopes to continue to be the breadwinner of the family after the operation.
【When the 27-year-old mother welcomed her second child, she experienced frequent health issues】
"When will I be able to hug my 2-year-old and 9-month-old children?" Norfa Hidayu Binti Bakri, who suffers from atrial septal defect (ASD), told her husband Cheah Ooi Lun (27 years old) about the greatest bitterness in her heart.
Norfa Hidayu, a 27-year-old mother from Rawang, Selangor, had her second child with her husband Cheah Ooi Lun after giving birth prematurely by caesarean section last year. It was expected that the premature daughter would be able to rejoin her family once her physical condition stabilised, but she frequently complained of abdominal pain. When she was first admitted to the hospital, she was given pain relievers but did not improve. It was discovered that the patient had acute cholecystitis after being transferred to another hospital for testing.
She had difficulty breathing on the third day after the operation in November of last year and required oxygen for relief. Doctors discovered she had congenital heart disease and scheduled an April surgery to insert a catheter through her leg and deliver a device to close the hole. The heart wall around the hole, however, could not support the operation, and it was declared a failure.
She used to run a small business planning and arranging weddings and birthday parties, but her physical condition has deteriorated. She has trouble breathing, an irregular heartbeat, can only walk a few steps, and speaks weakly. She is unable to embrace two children, as other mothers do.
The hospital is now arranging for her to have a cardiac catheter closure device implanted, but if it is found to be ineffective at that time, she may be temporarily switched to a surgical thoracotomy to repair the hole.
In addition to filing claims with their insurance companies, she and her husband, Cheah Ooi Lun, depleted their savings and had to borrow money from relatives and friends. She is unable to work and must rely on her husband Cheah Ooi Lun's monthly salary of about RM3,900 as a supervisor.
Because the operation cannot be postponed any longer, the family is hoping for public assistance.
【Cardiovascular obstruction was nearly 100%, which made the 43-year-old father unable to continue to be the breadwinner of the family】
Anbananthan A/L Palanipa Kaundar, 43, experienced myocardial angina in 2021. He discovered a cardiovascular blockage after checking in hospital. He attempted angiogram three times but was unsuccessful each time. He eventually had to go to regular follow-up appointments to take medicine.
Doctors have detected that his cardiovascular blockage has reached nearly 100%, coupled with arrhythmia, reminding him that he is in a state of being unable to continue working, especially as he works as a lorry driver and often has to carry heavy objects. Therefore, he has stayed at home to recuperate for nearly two years. Fortunately, SOCSO provides a monthly assistance of RM1,600.
His condition has deteriorated recently, and he often feels difficulty in breathing, especially when he sleeps, he feels that the airway is blocked. Since Anbananthan was unable to work, his wife Mallika A/P Krishnan’s monthly salary of RM1,700 in a factory was the only way to support the family expenses, including the education expenses of 5 children (aged between 5 and 14 years old).
After reviewing the case following a home visit, One Hope Charity decided to assist in raising RM70,000 in surgery expenses. The 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.