Baby Muhammad Adam Naufal Muhammad Asyraf was diagnosed with congenital heart defects called Transposition of Great Arteries (TGA) and Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD).
TGA is a condition where the two major vessels in the heart have “switched” places while VSD means there is a large hole between the lower chambers of the heart.
Baby Adam’s mother, Farajihah Mardhiah Abd Wahab, 28, said her baby’s heart defects was not detected when she went for her routine pregnancy screenings.
“Everything seemed normal when I went for routine screening. However, as I was having my contractions in the labour room at the Setiu Hospital in Terengganu, the doctor and nurses suspected something was wrong as they saw my baby’s heartbeat was irregular.
“I had to be brave to continue giving birth and I was relieved to hear my baby’s cries when he was born,” she told the New Straits Times.
Farajihah and her husband, Muhammad Asyraf Maula Mohd Khairudin, 25, however, were left heartbroken as Adam was immediately taken away.
“I did not even get to hold him, as the doctors rushed him out to check on his heart and find out why his heart beats had been irregular during my contractions.
“That was when they discovered the heart defects, and about two hours after his birth, my baby was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu for a paediatrician specialist to attend to him.”
After baby Adam was discharged from NICU, Farajihah said her baby’s behaviour seemed to be normal.
“When we took him home, he seemed normal.. he responded to us actively. But I noticed that my baby cannot cry for long periods, or his breathing would become rapid and his face and lips would turn pale, almost bluish.
“I am a first-time mother but I knew this was not right and that something was still wrong with my baby’s heart. When we took him for his monthly check-up, the doctor told me that my baby’s heart had become swollen and he needed to undergo corrective heart surgery as soon as possible” she said.
Baby Adam was immediately referred to the Gleneagles Hospital in Kuala Lumpur for further consultation.
The doctors told the couple that Adam would need to undergo an Arterial Switch operation to move the two vessels back to their correct pumping chambers as well as VSD closure.
Adam also needs to go through these surgeries before he turns 3-months-old as any delay would pose a challenge to his survival.
The procedures will cost around RM80,000 and the couple have no way to pay for it.
“My heart sank when I was informed about these surgeries and how much they cost. I hope that there are generous hearts out there who would be willing to help save our baby,” said Farajihah, as tears welled up in her eyes.
Those who wish to help can send cheques made payable to the Media Prima-NSTP Humanitarian Fund with the patient’s name written on the reverse side of the cheque and addressed to: Group Corporate Communications Department, Media Prima Bhd, Level 1, Anjung Riong, Balai Berita, 31 Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
The public may also send their donations to Maybank, current account number 5141-0532-3170 and indicate the patient’s name on the Recipients Reference or Other Payment Details field.