KUALA LUMPUR - Two children, suffering from a severe heart complication and hearing impairment respectively, are seeking funds for urgent operations at Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre.
Khoo Yu Fan, 9, was born with a complication in blood flow to the heart, causing insufficient distribution of oxygen to the body.
His doctor, Dr Lim Minn Kang, said Khoo urgently needed to undergo his last two operations.
One operation took place yesterday and the other is scheduled for tomorrow.
His condition will turn critical if the procedure is delayed.
Khoo's mother, Tan Shueh Mei, a housewife, said she would be grateful for financial aid for her second son.
"My husband currently does not have a job, making it hard for us to get the RM40,000 (S$15,000) for the last operation."
Khoo, a Year Three pupil at SJK (C) Chiming 2 in Tangkak, Johor, said after the operation, he wanted to take part in sports without getting sick easily.
Meanwhile, father of two Koh Peng Seng, 55, is unable to afford treatment for his second child as his wages from freelance jobs are not much.
The last expenditure of a hearing aid had cost him RM6,500 and emptied his savings.
"My 3-year-old son, Richie Koh Meng Chie, needs to undergo at least one unilateral cochlear implant operation. The procedure cost RM95,000 per ear.
"My son is a hyperactive child, a fast learner and can go far in his studies.
"This has brought me to the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) charity fund to get the operation done by next month, before things get worse.
"I love my son very much and I hope that people can show their generosity by helping him so that he can hear well, understand us and won't be in a silent world forever."
Donors can send cheques made payable to the New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, with the patients' name written on the reverse side of the envelope, and addressed to: Charity Unit NSTP, Finance Department, the New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, Balai Berita, 31, Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
For enquiries regarding payment, contact NSTP finance senior executive Rahmat Mohd Yusoff at 03-2056 9660.