Urgent Fundraising – Wong Ye Tong (Purulent Meningitis)



*A total of RM8,000 from the “Emergency Medical Reserve Fund” has been channelled; hence, One Hope Charity will only launch fundraising of RM72,000 for this case.*

“We will never know which part of the shunt will be blocked and when it will be blocked. We have no idea when the treatment will come to an end. No one can give us a clear answer…”

No parent would not feel sad and distressed seeing their child frequently going in and out of the hospital. It is the same for Wong Soon Yu and Chiew Jun Ting, both 30 years old. They have never had a second of peace of mind. When the girl grew to five months old and underwent several surgeries, the parents happily brought her home. However, their baby girl’s health condition was up and down, which made the parents feel guilty, tired and helpless.

Jun Ting said that her baby girl, Ye Tong, who is only one year and seven months old, has gone through 18 to 19 rounds of surgery.

“She vomited after eating, and her weight dropped at least 1kg a week. She also suffered from oedema, fever and other physical discomforts. She vomited frequently, and she was unable to sleep peacefully at night. Now, the doctor has implanted several shunts in her body, including one connected from her brain to the stomach to drain the accumulated fluid.”

【The child’s condition is unstable, and the treatment for months has exhausted the parents’ savings】

Wong Ye Tong is not even two years old. After she was born in Malacca Hospital, the doctor found bacterial infection in her stomach and intestines. She was admitted for about a week for antibiotics treatment. However, less than a month after she was discharged from the hospital, she developed a fever, and the bacterial index rose. The parents then sent her to the hospital for treatment. As her condition was not stable, her family felt helpless.

When she was one month old, Ye Tong underwent an ultrasound scan, and the doctor discovered a sizeable butterfly-shaped shadow on the right side of her brain. An MRI scan held on the following day revealed that the bacteria had spread from the stomach to the brain, causing purulent meningitis. Although she had surgery to remove the pus, the bacteria cannot be removed completely, so the doctor can only use a shunt to drain the fluid in her brain.

Fortunately, Ye Tong’s condition became more stable when she was four to five months old. The doctor implanted shunts in her body and allowed her to discharge from the hospital. Ye Tong’s condition worsened during the pandemic, and her parents had no income due to the Movement Control Order, so they used their savings to pay for the medical expenses accumulated over the past months.

Next, Ye Tong must continue her treatment to improve problems such as hydrocephalus, shunt obstruction and bacterial infection. Her medical expenses are as high as RM80,000. However, the parents are anxious about her health condition and feel helpless as they have only a little savings left. They cannot afford the substantial medical bill.

【The father takes care of the daughter, and the mother is the sole breadwinner of the family】

Soon Yu lost his job during MCO. Later, as Ye Tong often had to go in and out of the hospital, he couldn’t let go of his daughter to seek a job. Therefore, the family’s expenditures fall on the shoulder of Jun Ting, a beautician. Her monthly basic salary is RM2,000, and she needs to work hard for commission to earn extra for the family. The couple has to care for their mothers and pay for housing and car loans, insurance premiums and other expenses of over RM8,000 monthly.

Although the savings could cover part of their living costs, the couple could not pay for Ye Tong’s subsequent medical expenditures. However, they fear their daughter’s condition might deteriorate if they delay the treatment. To help Ye Tong receive timely treatment and reduce the family’s financial burden, One Hope Charity decided to assist in raising the RM80,000 in medical expenses she needed.

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, 019-232 2192 or 018-911 4192 if you have questions.

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