2 babies need heart surgery appeal for donations

MARDHIAH KHUSAIRI

KUALA LUMPUR: The families of two baby girls with heart defects are appealing for donations for heart operations.

Nur Qhaira Adira, who is less than a month old, and 5-month-old Easterwanna James, need RM120,000 for surgeries and treatment.

Qhaira’s parents, Mohd Adib Affandi Mohd Amran, 25, and Nur Ashura Natasha, 21, said they were at their wits’ end in trying to raise funds for their second child.

“A few minutes after she was born, her body turned blue and that was when we learnt about her condition. My baby relies on a ventilator to breathe and needs a medicine called Prostin to stay alive,” Ashura said.

Adib, who is the sole breadwinner, makes RM1,000 from selling food at a night market in Selayang Baru, while Ashura is a housewife. He also looks after his ailing father.

Easterwanna, who is from Keningau, Sabah, was born with a hole in a heart.

Her father, James Tinimpus, 25, said when Easterwanna was born, she had yellow fever for two weeks.

“We took her to a hospital and the doctor told us about her condition.

“For a few weeks, we went back and forth between the hospital and our house, which is far from the hospital.

“Our baby was later transferred to Gleneagles Hospital in Ampang,” he said.

His wife, Maferinah Marukus, 24, said her daughter relied on pain killers and had difficulty breathing.

Those who wish to donate may send cheques made payable to the Media Prima-NSTP Humanitarian Fund, with the patient’s name written on the reverse-side of the cheque and addressed to: The Group Corporate Communications Department, Media Prima Berhad, Level 1, Anjung Riong, Balai Berita, 31 Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

People can also donate via cash to Maybank account (5141-0532-3170).