KOTA KINABALU:A 10 year old Keningau girl who had a successful corrective heart surgery in Kuala Lumpur was welcomed by the Society for the Sabah Heart Fund (SOSHF).
According to vice president of SOSHF, Datuk Eva Susau, the girl, accompanied by her mother, Floryna Sammy, went for the trip on January 15, 2021 and returned on January 15, 2021. They met Eva at the Kota Kinabalu international airport (KKIA).
According to the mother of the 10 year old, her daughter's condition has improved drastically after the operation. "Her mother, Floryna, said that her daughter's condition has improved tremendously after the operation. She said that her daughter is more cheerful now than before," said Eva to Borneo Post.
Her mother also said that the operation had gone swiftly and the healing is looking good as well.
It was the 10 year old and her mother's first time on an airplane when they went to Kuala Lumpur for the operation, said Eva.
"They were both excited and stressed at the same time before they departed, but we told them that we have already made the necessary arrangements for someone from the hospital to be at the airport to pick them up upon arrival," said Eva.
The medical cost for Evelyn's operation was sponsored by SOSHF. The were also given an allowance during their stay at Kuala Lumpur.
Eva had arranged Evelyn and her mother's transportation to their home in Keningau where they were received by Evelyn's younger brother and her grandfather, who live with them.
SOSHF, the charity body that targets hole-in-the-hearts patients in Sabah have already sent 688 patients for corrective heart surgery since it's inception in 1981.
It was due to donations from the public and corporate organisations that this is made possible, said Eva.
"We would like to appeal for the public and corporate organisations to donate generously to the society as more funds are needed for the society to send more patients for corrective heart surgeries. The cost of these surgeries is escalating," she said.
Eva also thanked the State government for their continuous support because they make it possible for SOSHF to carry out their plans in helping children who are in need of help with congenital heart disease a better life.
"And I also wish Evelyn a speedy recovery so that she will live a normal life just like any other children," she said.
To those who wish to donate, you may do so at the society's CIMB Bank Account at 8005716221.