Teens need funds for heart surgeries

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia - Two teenagers with serious heart conditions at the Gleneagles Medical Centre are appealing for donations to undergo their operations urgently.

Muhamad Hafiz Mohamud, 17, is suffering from the transposition of great arteries, where blood vessels to his heart and lungs were not connected properly at birth.

He was born with a univentricular heart and had undergone an operation to correct it at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur when he was 5 years old.

He also has dextrocardia-situs inversus, where his visceral organs are inverted from their normal positions, and urgently needs an operation to complete the fontan circulation. The cost of his operation is about RM45,000.

Hafiz's father, Mohamud Alahudin, is a trainer earning RM1,900 a month while his mother, Zaini Mat Saad, is a housewife.

For Mira Natasha Suria, she has to undergo a third operation for a cyanotic congenital heart disease called tetralogy of fallot.

The surgery cost, inclusive of post-operative care, is between RM40,000 and RM45,000.

She underwent two palliative operations called the modified blalock-taussig shunt when she was 2 and 6 years old in Hospital Pantai, Kuala Lumpur. The petite 19-year-old wants to be a computer analyst but she is unable to attend school because of her illness.

Her father, Suria Majid, is a hawker and a part-time taxi driver earning around RM600 a month while her mother, Zuraini Redzuan, is a housewife.

Those who wish to help can send their cheques made payable to the New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, with the name of the teen written on the back, and addressed to: The Cashier, Finance Department/Charity Unit, The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, Balai Berita, 31, Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.