Anxious mum seeks donations for newborn son’s heart surgery

KUALA LUMPUR: A mother’s love knows no bounds, especially when it comes to protecting and providing for a sick child.

Kastinah Kuldana is appealing for public donations to allow her 27-day-old son, Mohamad Aryan Rifqi Mohamad Al Azhar, to undergo urgent heart surgery.

Mohamad Aryan suffers from several heart conditions known as transposition of the great arteries, patent ductus arteriosus, atrial septal defect (ASD) and ventricular septal defect (VSD).

Transposition of the great arteries is a condition in which the two major arteries that carry blood from the lungs to the heart have switched places.

Mohamad Aryan also has an extra blood vessel, a condition known as patent ductus arteriosus.

On top of that, he also suffers from a hole between the two upper chambers (ASD) and a hole between the two pumping chambers (VSD) of his heart.

He needs to undergo immediate surgery to place the two major blood vessels in their appropriate pumping chambers and close the holes in his heart.

The procedure is called arterial switch surgery and closure of VSD and ASD.

“He was really active in the womb and I thought he would be like any other normal boy, but his condition was different right after birth.

“Right after I gave birth to him, the doctor detected something strange about his condition. He was immediately sent away to the children’s ward and underwent further checks.

“He was not by my side when I looked for him. Then the doctor told me about his condition. I was really sad and I didn’t know what to do at that time,” she told the New Straits Times when met at the Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur here.

She said the doctor had suggested three hospitals where her son could undergo the surgery.

The 30-year-old housewife said overall, the operations cost RM80,000, and Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur is one of the best hospitals for treating such heart problems.

However, due to financial constraints, Kastinah cannot afford the operations, as her husband works as a contract labourer with an income of RM1,100 a month.

“I’m a housewife and currently my husband cannot go to work due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) and covid-19 outbreak. It is hard for us to find enough money to pay for the surgery.

“The doctor told me that my son needs the operation as soon as possible so that he can recover fast and live like a normal happy boy. I hope the public can help us for my son’s surgery,” she said.

Those who wish to contribute may do so via cheque made payable to the Media Prima-NSTP Humanitarian Fund, with the patient’s name written on the reverse side of the cheque.

Cheques should be sent to Group Corporate Communications Department, Media Prima Bhd, Level 1, Anjung Riong, Balai Berita, 31, Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

The public can also deposit donations to Maybank account number 5141-0532-3170 and indicate the patient’s name on the recipient’s reference or other payment detail fields.