Baby needs Viagra to live

A 10-month-old baby girl has to take Viagra, better known for treating erectile dysfunction, so that her heart can function properly, Kosmo! reported.

Nur Aafiyah Amanda Norhisham, who has suffered from heart and liver complications since birth, has to take four pills every month, which are divided into small doses and transferred into her body via a tube.

Her mother Raja Karipah Raja Hamzah, 46, said the youngest of her six children was prescribed Viagra by a specialist doctor.

She said she bought the Viagra pills at RM38 (S$12.77) each at the pharmacy.

Viagra is the trade name for sildenafil, the first oral treatment for erectile dysfunction. It was green-lit for use by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1998.

Raja Karipah said her daughter's health issues began after she was delivered at Segamat District HosĀ­pital via Caesarean section when she was just 34 weeks old on Sept 29, 2015.

"The doctor advised me to give Nur Aafiyah the Viagra pills to help overcome her hole in the heart condition," she said.

Raja Karipah added that she and her self-employed husband spent RM1,100 every month to treat Nur Aafiyah, besides receiving a RM300 monthly aid from the welfare department.

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