All parents want and pray that their children can be healthy. However, these two sick children were diagnosed with a series of congenital heart diseases at birth, which made their parents have sleepless nights. They not only worried that the life of their respective child might be at stake but also worried that their family's financial situation would delay their child's treatment.
【Two-year-old Chinese boy had congenital heart disease. He is active and playful but may turn cyanotic at any time. His parents hope that he can undergo surgery as soon as possible】
Shelton Lee Yong Sheng will be turning two in June this year. Although he is small, he is very alert to the camera. When he sees a camera, he will first stay silent for two seconds before laughing loudly. His cuteness often attracted people around him. However, neither his 38-year-old father, Lee Chang Hoong, nor his 33-year-old mother, Goh Shin Yieh, can take their eyes off him as they are worried he will turn cyanosis when he gets too excited.
When the parents saw little Shelton started to become excited or wanted to play, they would try their best to stop him. Recently, after running and playing, he would pant, and his lips, fingers and toes would turn bluish. He would also turn cyanosis when he cried and experienced shortness of breath.
Little Shelton from Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, was born with a heart murmur. The doctor's examination revealed cardiovascular stenosis, two holes in his heart, and transposition of the great arteries. Fortunately, his body had sufficient oxygen supply, and his condition was under control, so he did not need surgery at that time but needed regular follow-up visits at the hospital. At the end of last year, he had a body check-up, and the doctor told Shelton's parents to send him to the hospital as soon as possible. He needed a Glenn Shunt to repair his single ventricular defect; the surgery cost RM21,000.
Chang Hoong is a self-employed lorry driver, earning about RM9,000 a month. His wife is a housewife. Chang Hoong, as the sole breadwinner of the family, needs to pay for the household expenses, as well as support his elderly parents and an uncle who are staying with them, so he can merely make ends meet. Little Shelton's parents can hardly afford the surgical fees, so they hope that the public can provide them with some assistance.
【A six-year-old boy's pacemaker battery is almost exhausted. It is time to replace the battery to continue his life. His parents plead with the public to save their son】
Syed Aaron Azhan Bin Syed Annuar Afzan from Shah Alam, Selangor, was diagnosed with heart disease, namely the transposition of the great arteries (TGA), ventricular septal defect (VSD), atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) at birth. He underwent heart repair surgery when he was one month old to shut the hole in his heart. He had another surgery two weeks later to implant a pacemaker due to post-operative heart block.
The parents withdrew a large sum from their Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) and borrowed from their friends and relatives to pay for their son's first surgery, which cost RM100,000. Fortunately, Syed Aaron Azhan's condition became stable after the surgery, and he also went to the hospital regularly for follow-up visits.
However, during the latest scheduled follow-up visit, the doctor said the patient needed to replace his pacemaker once every five years. And now, the child is turning six, which means the pacemaker's battery is almost exhausted. It must be replaced immediately. His 38-year-old mother, Nor Akmal Aida, said her son does not experience any heart disease symptoms now, and his breathing is normal. However, he cannot climb and stretch and needs to avoid sports with physical contact and collision.
Syed Aaron Azhan's parents are engineers. They have another daughter. As their son needed battery replacement for his pacemaker, the parents withdrew from their EPF but were still short of RM20,000. Therefore, they approached One Hope Charity for help.
One Hope Charity conducted home visits after receiving applications from the parents of the two children. One Hope Charity decided to assist the duo in collecting a total of RM41,000 for them to undergo surgery and recover as soon as possible.
The family of Shelton Lee and Syed Aaron Azhan 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.