"He is our first child. It has been three months since he was born, and he is still in the hospital. We can't bring him home to show to the elders in our family."
The couple and their relatives were excitedly waiting for their first child's arrival, especially the family's elders. The baby boy was born in December last year, but till now, he has never returned home with his parents. He struggles to survive in the incubator, and his parents are distraught and helpless. At the same time, they have to seek high and low for the baby's medical expenses to cure their son, which amounted to RM100,000.
【The hole in the baby's heart is huge. It extends from top to bottom, which may cause heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, threatening his life】
41-year-old She Hai Kim and his 41-year-old wife, Lim Leng Hwee, decided to welcome their first child in Hai Kim's hometown in Bintulu, Sarawak. Their firstborn is also the first grandchild of She's family.
Baby Thaddeus She Yong Shen was born in Bintulu Hospital at full term. However, he experienced hypoxia, turned cyanotic shortly after birth, and was once in a coma. The doctor discovered baby Thaddeus had an atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD), a congenital heart disease. He needs urgent surgery to shut the hole in the heart. Otherwise, his heart may fail, or he may be at risk of pulmonary hypertension that might threaten his life.
To save their son, the novice parents brought their newborn to West Malaysia for treatment. The baby was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) when he arrived at the specialist hospital in Kuala Lumpur. He needed a ventilator, and he also had a lung infection. His parents said the hospital had once contacted them during the wee hour and asked them to rush to the hospital as their son was critical.
Fortunately, baby Thaddeus's lungs are now under control after using antibiotics. Watching their son receive treatment in the ward, the parents are helpless. They are also stressed out, and their emotions are greatly affected by the accumulation of their son's medical expenses.
【The baby suffers from physical illness, and the parents are distraught. They are helpless seeing their son's condition】
Leng Hwee stopped working and prepared for the arrival of her firstborn since she became pregnant. She is now a housewife. Hai Kim, who works as a designer, is the family's sole breadwinner. His income is only enough to cover the mortgage loan, insurance, utility bills and living expenses, so he can't afford the substantial medical expenses. The couple borrowed money from their friends and relatives to pay part of the medical bill, but there is still a shortage of RM100,000.
Leng Hwee said in addition to the accumulative medical expenses, she and her husband are worried as baby Thaddeus needs money for his follow-up visits, physiotherapy sessions, nursing care and other costs in the future.
In desperation, the couple approached One Hope Charity for help, hoping that baby Thaddeus could get through his difficult time with support from the public. After reviewing the case, One Hope Charity decided to assist the family in raising RM100,000 for the baby's medical fees and the nursing and other expenses he needs.
Baby Thaddeus' 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.