Parents of 18-month-old baby with heart problems appeal for donations

KUALA LUMPUR: The parents of an 18-month-old baby, Nurul Irdina Sofia, are appealing for public donations to enable their daughter to undergo heart surgery at Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur.

Nurul Irdina Sofia suffers from conditions known as pulmonary atresia and tricuspid atresia.

Tricuspid atresia is defined as the absence or narrowing of tricuspid valve, which is one of the four valves that regulate blood flow through the heart.

Pulmonary atresia is the absence or narrowing of pulmonary valve. In both conditions, the pathway for the deoxygenated blood from the rest of the body to reach the lungs is either partially or completely blocked, thus, affecting re-oxygenation of the blood.

Cardiac catheterisation is a procedure to assess the heart structure and function. If the catheterisation shows poor structural function, particularly the right side of the heart, they will then perform the Glenn shunt procedure to shunt the deoxygenated blood from the major blood vessel straight into the vessel to the lung, bypassing the right heart chamber. This procedure costs RM60,000.

“Our baby had her first operation when she was two-months-old to improve oxygenation of the blood. She then had her second operation to create a pathway for blood to reach the lungs. This will be her third operation,” said the toddler’s father, Nurul Faizal Mustapa, 40.

He earns less than RM1,500 per month as a lorry driver. His wife Nurul Diyanah Othman, 30, is unemployed.

“We were told that the operation would significantly improve the quality of life and life expectancy of our child. However, we cannot afford the RM60,000 operation,” he said.

Those who wish to contribute can send cheques made payable to the Media Prima-New Straits Times Press (NSTP) Humanitarian Fund, with the patient’s name (Nurul Irdina Sofia) written on the reverse side of the cheque to Group Corporate Communications Department, Media Prima Berhad, Level 3, Anjung Liku, Balai Berita, 31, Jalan Riong, 59100, Kuala Lumpur.

You may also send your donations to Maybank account number 5141-0532-3170.