KUALA LUMPUR: The National Heart Institute (IJN) Foundation is in need of over RM700,000 to fund the treatment and surgical costs of 20 children and teenagers, aged between one month and 16.
Its manager, Ritzzawati Rosli Mohd Rosli, said all the affected patients, who suffered from congenital heart disease, heart valve problems and narrowing of the arteries, were now on the waiting list.
“For instance, one-month-old baby Muhammad Akid Khuzairi from Teluk Intan, Perak, needs RM55,000 to undergo three surgeries for his congenital heart disease,” she told Bernama here today.
Ritzzawati said the foundation needed to ensure that the surgical procedures would be carried out the soonest for the sake of the patients.
“We cannot delay their operations because of insufficient funds. As such, we welcome donations from corporations or individuals who wish to help,” she said, adding that most of the patients were from the low-income bracket.
According to Ritzzawati, the foundation has spent about RM3.9 million to cover the heart surgery and treatment costs of 157 patients, including 77 children.
IJN Foundation is a charitable organisation which holds various fundraising activities to help ease the surgical and treatment costs of needy patients.
Contributions can be channelled through its Maybank Islamic account number 564258577396 or CIMB 8600056491 under the name IJN Foundation. Alternatively, those interested to donate can contact Ritzzawati Rosli Mohd Rosli at 03-26178315 or 017-3616226 for verification.