Urgent Fundraising – Nur Hana Awatif (Heart Disease)
A five-year-old preschool child should be innocent, lively and lovely. However, a five-year-old girl, Nur Hana Awatif Binti Muhammad Arashid, who had a congenital heart defect, will be out of breath when she plays too intensely. She suffered from cardiovascular stenosis and insufficient oxygen to deliver to her brain. She will faint at any time and die from a lack of oxygen.
The ”time bomb” hidden in the girl’s body made her parents feel pressured, and they lived in fear daily. During one of her regular follow-up visits, the doctor told the parents she needed surgery to prolong her life. However, her parents could only afford RM20,000, and they sought public help for the shortfall of RM70,000.
【The girl often complains of headaches. She also suffers from nosebleeds and skin allergies due to taking medicines. However, those side effects weren’t big issues for her. What’s more serious is that the girl has congenital heart disease, and her life will be at stake at any time if oxygen fails to reach her brain】
Nur Hana Awatif from Sungai Dua, Butterworth, was born with a cardiovascular malformation that prevents blood from being sent to her lungs. She underwent surgery to treat the heart defect when she was one month old. She has had regular follow-up visits in the past five years, and her condition was stable.
In July last year, the girl went for a regular follow-up visit, and the doctor found that the girl had right pulmonary artery stenosis (RPA stenosis) and supra-valvular aortic stenosis (AS). She underwent surgery to place a stent then. However, after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year, she complained that she would be out of breath if she played more intensely.
Recently, the child often had headaches and nosebleeds. This might not be related to cardiovascular stenosis, but the mother worries about the child’s condition and her surgery. She is helpless except to obey the doctor’s instructions to go for surgery as soon as possible.
“As the narrowed blood vessels lead from her heart to the brain, the doctor told us that she might faint suddenly or even die from hypoxia. Therefore, she needs surgery as soon as possible to avoid accidents, but the substantial surgical expenses put our family in financial trouble.”
The girl’s 37-year-old father, Muhammad Arashid Bin Ramli, runs a roast lamb shop, earning about RM3,000 monthly. Her 35-year-old mother, Siti Nor Fathin Bt Muhd Azemi, is a housewife. The couple has six children, aged between three and 13. For the RM90,000 surgical fee that the child needs, they can only afford RM20,000. They hope the public can help them with the shortfall of RM70,000.
After reviewing the case following a home visit, One Hope Charity decided to assist in raising the surgical expenses the girl needed. The patient and 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.
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