Boy, 9, needs funds for heart surgery

KUALA LUMPUR: The parents of a 9-year-old boy with congenital heart defects are seeking public donations to allow their son to undergo corrective surgery.

Ting Zhi Xi and his twin brother Ting Zhi Hao were diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with pulmonary valve stenosis at birth.

The medical condition, which is a cardiac anomaly, refers to the narrowing of the pulmonary valve and outflow tract or area below the valve, which creates a blockage of blood flow from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery.

The twins underwent TOF repair surgery when they were 20 months old, and Zhi Hao’s heart has shown improvement since. However, Zhi Xi’s heart condition started to deteriorate last year.

“Doctors told me that the opening to Zhi Xi’s lung was 75 per cent blocked,” said their mother, Ser Yi Fang, 38.

“The doctor heard a loud murmur in his heart, and it was getting very difficult for him to breathe, let alone sleep.”

Zhi Xi was referred to Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, where Ser and her husband, Ting Yong Lee, were informed that he needed to undergo pulmonary valvuloplasty surgery immediately.

The open-heart surgery costs RM30,000 and would be done by cutting in to the valve leaflets that had become sealed.

It was understood that delaying the surgery would lead to heart failure and the possibility of a shorter life span.

Ser said the condition was not detected during her pregnancy.

Ser, who also had another son Ting Zhi Bo, 18, said the twins’ health was monitored through monthly check-ups.

Those wanting to donate can send cheques made payable to the Media Prima-NSTP Humanitarian Fund at Group Corporate Communications Department, Media Prima Bhd, Level 1, Anjung Riong, Balai Berita, 31 Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur (with the patient’s name written on the reverse side of the cheque).

The public may also send their donations to Media Prima-NSTP Humanitarian Fund’s Maybank account 5141-0532-3170 and indicate the patient’s name on the recipients reference or other payment details field.