Smile Stories

Smile Stories

When we think of children we usually envision happy, active kids running around without a care in the world. However for children with congenital heart disease they are often sickly and a bit of activity could tire them out. Some live sedentary lives not because they want to but because they need to. Many of them have uncertain futures and live each day at a time.

When we have the chance to help improve these children’s lives, every single smile we receive is priceless. Here are their stories and how Nu Skin distributors have helped create smiles.

Name   :   Su Latt Pyae
Age      :   4 years old

Su was first diagnosed with a heart condition as early as 2 months old. Her mother began noticing that her breathing was irregular and she would turn bluish. A cheerful, active girl, this condition prevented her from enjoying daily activities and as she grew up, she became increasingly frustrated with her weak physique.

Su's parents realised that this was also affecting her physical development and health and her condition would only worsen with time. With a mere monthly income of SGD252.50 (USD200), they could not  afford the expensive medical costs.

It was fortunate that they managed to receive aid from Nu Skin SEA CHF and KKH.  After a successful surgery,  Su has been given a new lease of life.

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Name   :   Kaung Pyae Sone
Age      :   2.5 years old

One week right after he was born, Pyae Sone was brought back to the hospital after his parents found him to be bluish whenever he cried. He was diagnosed with congenital heart disease (hole in the heart) by the doctor and since then has been dependent on medications daily to help him manage the heart condition. His mother’s heart breaks whenever she has to keep his toys from him to stop him from playing as he gets exhausted and breathless easily. While other children could run and play, he could only go as far as ten little steps before breathing heavily.

With a humble pay of SGD250 per month to support the household and the hefty medical bills, the family of three was delighted to learn about the second chance in life they offered by the Nu Skin SEACHF. With the help of the Fund, this could mean the end to their constant worries for their son’s future. Following Pyae Sone’s successful surgery in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore, he can now start pre-school back in Myanmar, where he is able to socialize, play and study like the other children and to pursue his dreams.

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Name   :   Dinh Trong Nam
Age      :   5 years old

  • Family of 3 (Parents abandoned him and his brother, currently lives with his grandfather) in Yen Bai
  • Income: $35/month
  • CHD: Congenital Stenosis of Aortic Valve
  • Date will be admitted to hospital: December 2014
  • Surgery date: waiting for schedule
  • Date released from hospital: January 2015
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Name   :   Duong Tan Trong
Age      :    2 years old

Duong comes from a family of 5 from Soc Trang. He was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect and underwent corrective surgery in July 2015. Duong’s family earns a meagre US$43 a month.

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Name   :   Suriya Sriwongrat (Oatton)

Oatton is known as a foreign kid among the nurses for his light skin color and big eyes. He is a son of Phennapha Sriwongrat and Prasong Sriwongrat. They are fruit sellers in a fresh-food market in Ubon Ratchathani Province. Oatton was born at Sappasitprasong Hospital in Ubon Ratchathani Province. When he cried, his skin would turn blue. Therefore, the doctor had him undergo an echo test when he was just 4 days old. The result revealed that he had a heart disease. Then 20-day-old Oatton was transferred to the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health. The doctor had treated him and monitored him closely while he was waiting for the surgery as he needed to gain enough weight to undergo the surgery. Oatton was very patient even though he often got sick and tired very easily. He could not play for a long period of time. Whenever he cried his skin turned blue and it was very obvious as he has light skin color. Finally, Oatton had the surgery at the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation, Rajavithi Hospital. After the surgery, he has recovered very well. His skin no longer turns blue and he does not get tired easily anymore. He can now play and start to walk and run like other normal kids.

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Name      :   Malika
Age         :   1 Year Old

Malika was born with down syndrome. When she frequently got cough and flu, her parents never thought it was because of her heart condition. When the problem was identified, her family found it difficult to support the financial needs for the treatment. Thanks to Nu Skin’s support through the SEACHF, the 1-year old little girl underwent the necessary treatment to fix her heart problem.

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Name   :   Poe Yadanar Kyaw
Age      :   4 years old

When Poe was born and hospitalized at three days old, the doctor informed her parents that he suspects an issue with her heart due to an abnormal heart rate and breathing. However, no proper diagnosis was provided until last year, the family doctor advised the parents to send her to Yangon, the capital of Myanmar to have a better understanding of Poe’s health condition. It was then found out that Poe has a severe Tetralogy of Fallot which would require a major surgery, which Myanmar doctors are unable to perform due to lack of medical expertise and equipment.

The meager earnings the father brings home was unable to support for Poe’s surgery as well and they could only delay treatment until the KKH-Nu Skin SEACHF was offered to them. Her mother expressed gratitude and was overjoyed for her daughter to be able to receive treatment in Singapore and now, Poe can finally attend preschool with the rest of the children. Although at a tender age of four years, Poe has big dreams to become a school teacher one day.

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Name      :   Mohammad bin Riduan
Age         :   2 years old
Location :   Kerling, Selangor

Mohammad is 2 years old and the youngest among his 3 siblings. With his father working in the factory, earning a low monthly income of RM1,600, finances were tight. They were in tremendous struggle when they were told that Mohammad needed the open heart surgery. Praying hard for a solution and Nu Skin sent its angel to help this family by offering the funds from SEACHF for the surgery. Mohammad is now recovering at home, happily and healthily.

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Name   :   Jia Potestades
Age      :   1 years old

When Jia was born, she brought joy and love to her parents. She was the apple of their eyes but little did they know that she had a congenital heart condition known as Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). Their lives were turned upside down as they feared for their baby’s health. If left untreated, abnormal heart functions could slow growth and limit her development and activities. This was definitely not the life they had envisioned for Jia. 

However, her parents were unable to afford the high costs of treatment and they sought the help of Nu Skin SEA CHF and CHILD. They were fortunate that through their assistance, Jia successfully underwent surgery and is no longer limited by her diseaseand can now look forward to a normal childhood.

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Name   :   Low Fong Wei
Age      :   7 months old

Fong Wei is the youngest son in the Low’s family. Born with severe narrowing of blood vessel in the body with multiple nosocomial infections, he lives a battling life every day at such a young age. The doctor advised him to undergo the open heart surgery. Working as a technical supervisor, his father was struggling to seek financial assistance for the surgery fundsto prolong his son’s life. With the assistance from Nu Skin SEACHF, Fong Wei was admitted to prepare for his surgery once his condition become more stable.

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Name      :   Aulia Thalita
Age         :   5 Years Old

Aulia was detected with VSD when she was 2 months. She often got cold and her body was quite tiny. Her parents run a small food stall owned by their parents in-law in Malang’s bus station. They are very grateful to SEACHF for the financial support to treat their eldest child.

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Name      :   Mohammad Saputra
Age         :   4.5 Years Old

Saputra is the 3rd kid in the family, he has 2 sisters. This kindergarten boy has great interest in cars and trucks. He had PDA before he got assistance from Nu Skin SEACHF to treat his illness with ADO.

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Name   :   Tran Tra My
Age      :   3 years old

  • Family from southern Vietnam
  • Income: $56/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date will be admitted to hospital: December 2014
  • Surgery: December 2014
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Name      :   Raffano
Age         :   2 Years Old

Unlike other 2 year-old kids, little Kamila was not able to speak and sit up on her own. Born with heart defects (PDA) and from a poor family, her parents had no way to have her treated. Through Yayasan Jantung Anak Indonesia and SEACHF, Kamila received financial support and was treated (ADO) on 2 May 2012.

The parents expect that Kamila will soon be able to speak and walk as her heart defects have now been corrected.

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NAME: MUHAMMAD FAIZ HAIKAL BIN ABDUL BASID

AGE: 3-year-old

Muhammad Faiz was diagnosed with heart disease 6 days after he was born. His finger nails always turned blue and he had frequent fever before undergoing open heart surgery.

His parents were worried about the financial burden. However, with the help from Hospital Kota Bharu, they managed to contact IJN Foundation. Muhammad Faiz successfully underwent open heart surgery.

“It is still a very clear picture in my mind…my boy was sent to operation when he was 3 years, 3 months and 3 days old. I prayed hard every day for my child to grow healthy like other normal children. Thanks to SEA CHF and IJN for giving my child another chance to live. I hope you will continue this kindness to help the needy around the world.” Shared by En. Abdul Basid, father to Muhammad Faiz.

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NAME: NUR NADHIRA BINTI MOHAMMAD IZAM

AGE: 1-year-old

Nur Nadhira is the youngest child in the family with 4 siblings. Her father works as a sales person and her mother is a housewife. Her parents were worried about her condition and concerned about the high cost of the surgery. However, through the SEA CHF and IJN Foundation, Nur Nadhira went through a successful open heart surgery.

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Name      :   Prapassorn Supannont
Age         :   21 Years Old

Prapassorn was born in a poor farmer’s family. Her mother is a farmer in Nakorn Panom province, while her father has diabetes. She started to notice her sickness when she was 4 years old. Prapassorn started to breathe heavily and got tired very easily. Her lips and nails turned blue. She had her first surgery at her age of 4. Her parents had to sell their car which was their only asset to pay for the surgery. Prapassorn had to have a surgery again when she was in grade 8. Luckily, this time her family received generous help from PCSF and SEACHF to facilitate the heart surgery that she needed. After the surgery, she recovered well. Her father is so happy that his daughter underwent surgery and survived the deadly disease. Now Prapassorn is studying Public Health at Kasetsart University, one of the Top 3 Universities in Thailand. She has a dream to help save other people’s lives.

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Name      :   Aisah Khaira Lubna
Age         :   1 Year Old

Cute baby Aisah went through ADO treatment on 18 April 2013. The treatment was a success and she was happy and cheerful almost immediately after her treatment.

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Name: Megan Gregorio
Age: 1 month old

Megan was diagnosed upon birth to have the congenital heart disease called tricuspid and pulmonary valve atresia. Her parents had barely enough money to pay for their baby’s delivery let alone pay for Megan’s much-needed surgery.

Through SEA CHF and CHILD, Megan underwent the procedure called cardiac catheterization on December 9, 2013.

Now Megan’s parents can look forward to their child leading a normal life, no longer restricted by such a life-threatening disease.

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Name: Fritz Gerald Sta. Maria
Age: 4 months old

Fritz was born with a rare congenital heart disease called double aortic arch, a condition in which the aorta has two vessels instead of one, which results to the two branches looping around and pressing down the windpipe and esophagus..

SEA CHF and CHILD helped his parents with the funding needed for Fritz to undergo open heart surgery on December 9, 2013.

Now Fritz is on his way to a full recovery and his parents can look forward to seeing their boy grow up.

 

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<p><strong>Name&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; :&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Muhammad Danish Irfan<br />
<strong>Age&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; : &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>3 Months old<br />
<strong>Location&nbsp;: &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Lunas, Kedah</p>

<p>Muhammad Danish Irfan was born into a low income family with his father, a farmer, earning on. ly RM600 while his mother, helped to support the family by working in a shop. Muhammad was the youngest in the family, with 5 siblings. His family faced tremendous financial burden when the doctor informed them of Muhammad’s condition and that he needed a surgery. SEACHF came in time to help this baby by sending him through the open heart surgery, giving him a second chance to live and to smile.</p>

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Name   :   Jeffrey Legaspi
Age      :   17 years old

Seventeen years of suffering due to a rare, complex heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot, is now over for Jeffrey Legaspi. His parents, who were just earning USD 103 (PhP 5,000), cannot even afford to buy food, much less expensive medicine and medical supplies. With the help of Nu Skin SEACHF and CHILD Foundation, Jeffrey underwent a successful open heart surgery. He can now experience a normal and healthy adolescence at his hometown Laguna.

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Name      :   Syahmi Al Afif Setiyadi
Age         :   8 Years Old

Afif is the only child in the family. Her mother resigned from her work as a nurse of cardiovascular doctor to focus on her only boy. Before Afif was very weak and often felt sick. Although his body is considered tall for his age, his health was very poor due to PDA that he has had since he was 7 months old. Being the only grandson, Afif’s grand parents were initially reluctant to let him go through surgery. They expected that the illness could be healed over time, but unfortunately not. His father, whose work is to produce and sell rubber sandals, was so thankful to get support from SEACHF so that Afif could get ADO treatment.

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Name   :   Narissara Witoon
Age      :   4 years 11 months

Ann is the youngest child of the 2 children of Mr. WijaiWitton and Mrs. NichaPanapitak who are Karen. They are rice farmers and general laborers in the remote area far from prosperity. In January 2015, when Ann was 4 years old, she was sick very often and got tired very easily. Her heart beat so fast that it caused a chest pain. The doctor found that her heartbeat was abnormal and suspected that she might have a heart disease. Ann has received generous help from the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation in facilitating the congenital heart surgery. After the surgery, Ann has well recovered and she no longer gets tired so easily.Her father is so pleased that his daughter received the surgery and survived the deadly disease.On this occasion, the family would like to express their gratitude to the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation and all donors for financially supporting the surgery.

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Name   :   Nguyen Van Nghia
Age      :   8 years old

Nghia was born with congenital heart disease called Ventricular Septal Defect and pulmonary artery hypertension, a potentially life-threatening condition. Due to his illness, he had to travel to the city area for regular check-ups and it took a toll on his parents. His father had abandoned the family and the burden of family support fell on his mother. Eventually, she remarried and the family shouldered on. They had to move closer to the capital to ease the strain of travel but hefty medical expenses were  a constant worry. 

Due to lack of funds and his deteriorating health, Nghia dropped out of school and as time progressed, doctors recommended surgery. With the assistance of Nu Skin SEA CHF, 8-year-old Nghia finally received the life-saving operation and now looks forward to attending school..

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Name   :   Jamier Valderama
Age      :   7 years old

Jamier, like all boys his age, longed for a normal childhood where he can freely play around with his peers. However 7-year-old Jamier faced a dilemma when he was informed that he had congenital heart disease, Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). This meant that his heart functions were greatly affected and weakened his overall immune system.

Jamier did not come from a well-off family and this meant surgery was far from his parents’ reach. However, his turning point came when Nu Skin SEA CHF and CHILD helped him receive interventional catheterisation surgery in May 2013. Jamier is currently living his life as a healthy active boy. 

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Name   :   Aditya Adli Zhafif
Age      :   8 years old

Aditya Adli Zhafif is a friendly little boy living in Jakarta. He is now in 3rd grade of elementary school. He was diagnosed with ASD when he got dengue fever in early 2015.

Adit’s father earns money by working as a servant at a rugs store. Because of his economic condition, Adit’s father was very troubled when his only child had to have a surgery. Adit and his family are very grateful with the help received from Nu Skin SEACHF for him to undergo surgery in September 2015. Adit is now very active and healthy.

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Name   :   Anissa Dewi
Age      :   12 years old

Anissa is little girl with special health conditions. She was born with glaucoma, a disease of the eyes that lead to irreversible vision loss. In late 2014, she was diagnosed with heart problems. Anissa’s father is a security guard the family was facing financial strain. With funding from SEACHF, Anissa was able to get the surgery she needed. The family is very thankful for the support from Nu Skin.

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Name   :   Riel Andrew Loyola
Age      :   8 years old

Riel Andrew was born Valenzuela to parents Ricardo and Raquel. Ricardo works as a painter, and Raquel a housewife. Riel was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease patent ductus arteriosus, but with only USD 85 as monthly income, the family were struggling to make ends meet with their daily needs and could not afford to pay for their child’s costly operation on their own.

Through CHILD’s partnership with SEACHF, the cost  for Riel’s operation was covered and he successfully underwent the procedure called PDA device closure last August 4. No longer limited by his disease, Riel can now further his education without a life-threatening ailment, and can look forward to a brighter future. 

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Name:   Vinissa Chandra Rajah
Age:    8 Months Old

Vinissa is the only child in the family. Her father works as a welder while her mother is a housewife. Her parents almost broke down when Vinissa was diagnosed with congenital heart disease as they were unable to afford the costly surgery. SEA CHF offered helping hand to this family and sent Vinissa for surgery. Her parents would like to extend their gratitude to everyone who have helped to save their precious daughter.  

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Name      :   Julia Tracy Anak Josephine
Age         :   3 Months Old
Location :   Bintulu, Sarawak

Julia the youngest child in the family of 7 siblings and was born with type B interrupted arch and Ventricular Septal Defect. Working as a farmer, Julia’s father earns minimum wage, not sufficient to feed everyone in the family. Julia needed interrupted aortic arch repair and VSD closure to improve her quality of life. Through the funding provided by Nu Skin SEACHF, she was admitted on 16 March 2016 and went through the corrective surgery the following day. She was discharged on 2 April 2016.

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Name      :   Neiska
Age         :   6 Years Old

This little girl was diagnosed with PDA only recently; quite late for a child her age. Financial strain on the part of her parents who work as factory laborers caused Neiska to be frequently sick. With support from SEACHF, she went through medical treatment for her heart problem. One month after, we met her again. This time she is full smiles and energy as she now feels healthy and happy.

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Name:   Carl James Diaz
Age:    4 years old

4-year old Carl was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called ventricular septal defect. With parents brought home an income averaging USD$180 a month and the Diaz family had no means to pay for their child’s expensive, yet badly needed operation.
Through SEA CHF and CHILD Carl was operated on September 22 with the corrective heart procedure called VSD device closure.

Carl is recovering well and is looking forward to going to school, playing, studying, and enjoying life like other boys his age.

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Name      :   Muhammad Al Amin Muizz
Age         :   2 years old
Location :   Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

Muhammad Al Amin Muizz is the only child in this young family. His father who is 23 years old works as an attendant in a shop with RM500 monthly salary, while her 16- year-old mother stays home to take care of him. The family lives with the grandparents. Without much life experiences, the parents were shocked when they were informed of Muhammad’s condition. Not knowing what to do and where to seek aid, SEACHF came to their help by funding their son through the open heart surgery.

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Name   :   Vu The Bao
Age      :   6 years old

  • Family of 6 in Hung Yen
  • Income: $111/month
  • CHD: Ventricular septal defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 14 May 2014
  • Surgery completed May 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 28 May 2014
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NAME                   : KEE HUAI EN

AGE                       : 2 Years old

Huai En is the only child in the family. His father is a fisherman and his income is dependent on many factors. They were worried about Huai En’s condition and could not afford to pay for the expensive cost for their son’s much needed surgery. However, with the help from SEA CHF - IJN, Huai En underwent a successful open heart surgery.

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Name   :   Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh
Age      :   Less than 1 year old

Family of 5 in Hanoi
Income: $139/month
CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect, Pulmonary Artery Hypertension
Treatment cost: $2,325
Date admitted to hospital:
Surgery completed: November 20, 2014
Date released from hospital: (not yet)

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Name   :   Siti Nor Khadijah Binti Azni
Age      :   9 years old

9-year-old Siti hopes to be a doctor when she grows up and it is not without reason. Coming from a family of 7 children, she was stricken with heart disease and her daily life was far from the norm. Limited to small activities with each breath a laboured chore, she was desperate to live life normally and not to burden her parents with expensive medical treatments.

Fortunately, Nu Skin SEA CHF - IJN Foundation came to her rescue and she received a successful heart surgery in May 2011. She is now able to enjoy a normal lifestyle and is one of the top students, with a step closer in achieving her dreams.

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Name      :   Taftazani
Age         :   3 Years Old

The eldest of 2 sons in the family, Taftazani was diagnosed with heart problem when he was only 2 months old. His heart condition has caused him to frequently suffer from cough and flu. With support from SEACHF, Taftazani is looking forward to going to school and playing with his friends.

Diagnosis : PDA
Treatment: ADO (August 2010)

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Name:   Tayathorn Taweepanyakul
Age:    2 years old

In February 2012, Tan’s mother hired a stranger in Phuket to look after her 3 month-old baby and never returned. After a check-up at Vachira Phuket Hospital showed that he had valvular heart disease which requires a long-term treatment, Tan was brought to Phuket Children and Families Home. Since no relatives showed up, he was placed at Si Thammarat Home for Boys in Nakhon Si Thammarat. After an appointment at MaharajNakhon Si Thammarat Hospital, he was transferred to Songklanagarind Hospital for a complete examination which revealed that Tan had severe heart disease that required surgery. The doctor contacted PCSF and SEA CHF for financial support and Tan was immediately transferred to Kasemrad Hospital Prachachuen for the operation on August 21. His health problem had made Tan a quiet and unhappy boy.  However, following surgery he has recovered well will soon grow up to live a normal life.

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Name      :   Halimatussadiah
Age         :   4 Years Old, 8 months

Diah was diagnosed to be suffering from Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) after she was frequently sick with cough and flu. When this kindergarten kid was catheterized on 2 September 2010 with the support from SEACHF, it was found out that her heart needed further surgery. Diah then had corrective heart surgery on 1 November 2010 and is now a happy and healthy child.

Diagnosis: VSD
Treatment: Surgery (1 November 2010)

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Name: Bin Badz Sinon
Age: 6 years old

Butch and Baidido Sinon had a life-changing moment when their son, Bin Badz was diagnosed with congenital heart disease called ventricular septal defect. With Butch as a construction worker and Baidido as a housewife, the Sinon’s were struggling to support their family and could not fund Bin’s much-needed operation.

Through SEA CHF and CHILD, doctors were able to do corrective heart surgery for Bin’s condition on December 18, 2013.

Now Bin is on his way to a full recovery and can enjoy his childhood, playing games and looking forward to a bright future just like any boy his age.

 

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Name   :   Fajar Dirgantara
Age      :   5 years old

Fajar was diagnosed with heart problem this year and requires a surgery to fix it. As a driver, his father earns only enough money to cover for the family’s expenses, and thus could not afford to let Fajar go for the surgery.

Fajar and his family are very grateful to get support from Nu Skin SEACHF. Fajar had his surgery at the Jakarta Heart Center.

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NAME: Muhammad Fakrul Razi Bin Bukhairi

AGE: 6 years old

Muhammad Fakrul is a brilliant child in class. Besides getting good results in his class exams, he is a talent for drawing. After undergoing the pain of heart surgery, Muhammad Fakrul  dreams of being  a doctor in the future to help other people.

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Name      :   Fadil Bangun Priyatna
Age         :   2 months

Baby boy Fadil was born with complex heart problems. Diagnosed during his early days, the doctor suggested Fadil to have heart treatment soon. Initially it was indicated that the baby had to go through heart surgery; however, thanks to the expertise of the doctors at Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital, Fadil only underwent a medical treament.

Fadil is the first kid of his parents; his father worked as temporary staff at the hospital’s cooperative office. His parents really thank Nu Skin SEACHF for generosity and support to their baby’s treatment.

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Name:   Muhammad Adam Mukriz
Age   :   5 years old

5-year-old Muhammad comes from a large family of ten siblings. Being the youngest child, he was naturally doted upon and should have had a happy and trouble-free childhood. Unfortunately, he was born with a serious heart condition.

His father who only brings home RM820 (USD254) a month as a factory worker, worried about the costs of surgery constantly. However, with the aid of Nu Skin SEA CHF – IJN Foundation, Muhammad was able to receive open heart surgery and is on his way to a fulfilling life ahead.

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Name   :   Tran Ba Hoang
Age      :   4 years old

  • Family of 5 in Hung Yen
  • Income: $46/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 07 April 2014
  • Surgery completed May 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 03 June 2014
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NAME: MELVAN TAN YUN JUN

AGE: 1-year-old

Melvan is the second child in the family. He was diagnosed with heart disease when he was 3 months old. His parents were worried about his condition and the cost of the surgery. With the help from SEA CHF and IJN, Melvan successfully underwent the heart surgery in February 2014. 

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Name      :   Raffano
Age         :   2 Years Old

Raffano was diagnosed with PDA , after he frequently caught cough and flu. Her parents never thought that it was because of his heart condition.

When the problem was identified, his family had financial difficulty to support Raffano’s treatment. His father was recently laid off from job. With the support from Nu Skin SEACHF, the 2-year old little boy got necessary treatment to fix his heart problem.

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Name:   Beh Chee Shen
Age:    8 years old

The Beh family survives with Chee Shen’s father earning less than RM50 a day, coping with two jobs: as a fisherman and as a part-time contractor.  They have four children at home. As the sole breadwinner in his family, the income he earns is barely enough to cover the family's living expenses, much less to afford his son’s surgery. With the help from SEA CHF, Chee Shen underwent a successful open heart surgery. His parents would like to extend their gratitude to Nu Skin distributors for giving their son a chance to smile again. 

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Name   :   Dan Marie Esteban
Age      :   13 years old

Dan Marie was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called Patent Ductus Arteriosus. With her mother Gina as a housewife, and her dad Danilo a security guard averaging a monthly income of USD$ 200, the Esteban family had no means to pay for their daughter’s expensive, yet badly needed operation.

Danilo and Gina were told about CHILD Foundation of the Philippine General Hospital, and sought help there. Through SEACHF, they were able to get the funding they needed for their kid, who was operated on last August 4 with the corrective heart procedure called open heart surgery with cardio pulmonary bypass.

Dan Marie has recovered well and her parents are looking forward to making more meaningful memories with their child, now free from such a life-threatening disease.

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Name      :   Esti Mulyani
Age         :   3 Years & 8 Months

Little Esti was diagnosed with PDA. Her father earns a living as a bus driver. The family faced financial strain due to the low income.

With support from SEACHF, Esti was able to have a non-invasive medical treatment for her heart problem.

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Name      :   Ismi Pebriani
Age         :   10 Years Old

Ismi is an orphaned kid living with her mom in Bandung, West Java. Her father died couple years ago and left little Ismi who frequently got ill. Her mother receives as little as USD100 for retirement fee from his late father to support the family.

Only last year she was diagnosed to have congenital heart disease. Her mother and sister, who take care of her so much, are very grateful to SEACHF for the financial assistance.

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Name   :   Ziqri
Age      :   10 years old

Friendly Ziqri was smaller in stature compared to most boys aged 10. He was not growing as well as others and his weak physique meant he had to face numerous challenges growing up. It was then discovered he suffered from Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), a condition which affects normal heart functions. 

Ziqri received help from Nu Skin SEA CHF and underwent treatment in 2013. Being an enthusiastic boy who wants to help others like him with similar health issues, he agreed to be filmed for Nu Skin Indonesia’s Convention, just a week after his surgery. With a new lease of life, he can now focus on his studies and spend quality time with his siblings and friends.

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Name:   Shun Lee Wai
Age:    2 years old

When Shun was 3 months old, her mother noticed that Shun’s heart beat is slightly abnormal. Furthermore, Shun's skin and lips  were becoming more bluish in color day by day. After several medical examinations, Shun was diagnosed with a heart condition. Due to her illness, Shun was not able to play for more than 10 minutes as she tends to get tired very easily. Shun’s illness has greatly affected her family as they  were afraid  of losing  her if treatment  was not received early.  They were also worried that they would not be able to afford her medication and surgery fees. Through SEA CHF, Shun had corrective heart surgery in February 2014.  Shun is  now in the pink of health and her mother also shared that Shun wants to be a model in when she grows up.

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Name   :   Dhia Qishya Nabilah
Age      :   1 year old

As a technician, Dhia Qishya’s father earns about RM2,000 per month to pay for the house and car instalments, while the mother works as a quality operation with a basic income of RM1,000 to help put food on the table. Being the youngest in the family, Dhia’s parents were helpless when told of the high surgery fee and medical bills. Thanks to SEA CHF the family is relieved from this financial stress and little Dhia is now recovering after her surgery on 21 February 2015.

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Name   :   James Chemari Deniega
Age      :   10 years old

James was born with a hole in the wall that separates his heart’s right and left ventricles, known as Ventricular Septal Defect. Medicines were temporarily used to control the symptoms. His then young parents couldn’t afford to fund the open heart surgery that he needed. They searched for various medical, this was when they found out about PGH-CHILD Foundation.

Through CHILD’s partnership with Nu Skin SEACHF, James underwent an open heart surgery. After his scheduled follow-up checkup, James is finally able to go back home with a big smile and a light heart.

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Name   :   Doan The Vinh
Age      :   1 year old

  • Family of 4 in Haiphong
  • Income: $116/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 28 May 2014
  • Surgery completed August 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 05 Aug 2014

 

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Name      :   Reza Syahputra
Age         :   5 years old

5 year-old  Reza was diagnosed to have congenital heart disease (PDA) only 3 months ago. Born in a family with father who works as a cleaning service staff, his father sought for help from Yayasan Jantung Anak Indonesia to fund Reza’s surgery. With support from Nu Skin SEACHF, Reza underwent ADO treatment on 3 May 2012.

Skin SEACHF, the 2-year old little boy got necessary treatment to fix his heart problem.

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Name   :   Juicy Linn

Juicy was discovered with her heart condition when she was 19 months old. Since then, she was taking medicine regularly and only followed up with visits to the military medical station nearby the village in Myanmar as it was more affordable and accessible.

Juicy was entrusted to her aunty as her parents do not earn much and have many other siblings. As her aunty no longer works, her hefty medical bills were largely supported by the aunt’s adopted son’s earnings from his army stint and some contributions from the parents. Her kind-heartedness has definitely paid off as Juicy was referred to the Southeast Asia Children’s Heart Fund for medical treatment. After her heart surgery in Singapore KK Hospital, she does not feel tiredness and feels extremely happy and excited to go back to school. She aspires to be a doctor when she grows up so she may make a difference to the lives of people around her.

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Name   :   Boonlord Wongpong

Nut was a skinny baby. The doctor found that he was born with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR). When he was breast fed, he got very tired and was out of breath. His case was so critical that the hospital suggested an immediate surgery. Nut’s parents hesitated because they thought they would not be able to afford it. Fortunately, the hospital staff advised them to contact the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation. After the surgery, Nut was still not doing so well. He had pulmonary edema with endotracheal tube damage which required catheterization as a blood vessel with saline solution was blocked. Nut had stayed in CCU at Kasemrad Hospital Prachachuen for 4 months since he was born. The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation and SEA CHF provided financial support for the surgery, medicine, transportation and other expenses which could not be reimbursed, such as pulmonary hypertension medicine and vitamins. Nut has fully recovered. His parents would like to thank the team of doctors and nurses who had taken care such good care of their son.

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Name      :   Najwa Rainaya
Age         :   6 Years Old

Like most other little girls, 6 year-old Najwa loves to play with stuffed toys. She holds the purple puppy toy given to her tight.

Although her father works as employee in a private company in Jakarta, the cost of medical treatment for Najwa remains a burden for the family. Her parents are grateful to the financial aid from SEACHF to help their little girl live a happy healthy life.

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NAME: AHMAD YUSUF BIN WAN MOHD RAFI

AGE : 6 Years old

Ahmad Yusuf is the youngest child in the family with 2 siblings. His father works as a temporary teacher and earns RM30 per hour, while his mother is a kindergarten teacher, earning RM600 every month. Due to the uncertain monthly income of his father, they were worried about the high cost of the surgery. However, with the help from SEA CHF and IJN, Ahmad Yusuf successfully underwent open heart surgery. His parents were thankful to see that their child is recovering day by day after the surgery.

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NAME: NURUL HANANIA BINTI NAVA

AGE: 2 years old

Hanania is the youngest child in the family with 3 siblings. Her father works as an assistant supervisor in a restaurant, while her mother is a housewife. Her parents were worried about her condition but were unable to pay the high cost of the surgery. However, through SEA CHF and IJN, Hanania went through a successful open heart surgery.

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Name   :   Nur Iman Aisay bt Kamarul Helz
Age      :   1 year old

Nur Iman’s parents were told that she was diagnosed with congenital heart disease and needed an open heart surgery. Besides having two other children at home to raise, Nur Iman’s father, being the sole bread winner of the family could not afford Nur Iman’s surgery with the salary he earned as a plan drawer. IJN Foundation‘s collaboration with Nu Skin SEACHF has helped Nur Iman’s family by lightening their burden and sending her through the surgery.

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Name      :   Muhammad Azizi
Age         :   10 Years Old
Location :   Langkawi, Kedah

Naturally, it was a blessing to receive a bundle of joy into the family when one is blessed with a pair of twins. Unfortunately, for this family, the twin was born with poor heart condition. Both of the babies were in need of surgery. Earning merely RM1,200 as a security guard, with two more elder siblings to take care of, Muhammad’s parents faced tremendous struggle and did not know who to turn to for aid. Thanks to Nu Skin SEACHF, one of the twins has gone through the open heart surgery while the other awaits his turn.

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Name:   Puteri Nurdamia Qistina Binti Azmi
Age:    5 years old

Being the youngest among her 3 siblings, Nurdamia is the apple of her parents’ eyes. Although both parents are working, the family is only able to make ends meet each month. With support from SEA CHF, Nurdamia underwent a successful open heart surgery. Her parents were happy and grateful to see their child recovering day by day after the surgery.

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Name      :   Clarissa Adelia
Age         :   10 months

Baby Clarissa was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart disease just months after she was born. She lives in a small coastal town in West Java. Her father was a fisherman with a monthly income only USD65. Unable to afford the heart surgery that would save his little girl’s life, Clarissa’s father turned to the Southeast Asia Children’s Heart Fund for help.

Thank to donations from the Nu Skin SEACHF, Clarissa received the treatment and is expected to enjoy a happy and healthy future.

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Name      :   Khansa
Age         :   2 Years Old

Khansa’s birth weight was only 800 grams. She was was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. Coming from a family whose income is not steady – her father works as tailor, Khansa got support from SEACHF to undergo treatment. After being treated, she gained good weight and is now very healthy and active. She likes to drink milk very much.

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Name   :   Preethiba A/P Srikhrishnan
Age      :   2 years old

Preethiba appeared to be a normal, healthy baby at birth and little did her parents know that this happy scenario was only short lived. She began to fall sick frequently and did not recover well. Most times, her fever would linger on and they could not understand what was happening. It was only later they discovered that their child had heart disease.

With abnormal heart functions, her parents feared for their daughter's health but with a low income, her father could not afford the high medical expenses. It was through the aid of Nu Skin SEA CHF - IJN Foundation that Preethiba was able to undergo surgery. Today, 2-year-old Preethiba is on her way to recovery.

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Name   :   Lam Thi Yen Phuong
Age      :   10 years old

Ten year old Lam comes from a family of 6 in the area of Soc Trang.  She was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect and underwent surgery in July 2015.  She is now happy and smiling!

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NAME: MUHAMAD AZRIHAZIQ BIN AMRAN

AGE: 9 years old

Muhamad Azrihaziq is the third child in the family with 5 siblings. Working as factory operators, his parents could not afford the high surgery costs for their son. Muhamad Azrihaziq underwent his second heart surgery successfully with the financial assistance from SEA CHF and IJN. He can now play his favorite football games.

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Name   :   Min San Thit
Age      :   5 years old

When Min was six months old, he fell very ill and was rushed to the family doctor where the family was referred to a child specialist at the hospital in Yangon, a six-hour drive away. He was found to be suffering from a congenital heart disease that has gone undetected at birth due to poor medical technologies in the town where the family lives. The child specialist recommended for Min to receive treatment when he was a year old but coming from a poor family background, the parents could only delay the treatment and his condition worsened over the years.

At barely four years old, his condition has gotten too complex for the medical professionals in Yangon, Myanmar to operate for him. Fortunately, the family was introduced to the KKH-Nu Skin SEACHF for his treatment in Singapore. His mother who travelled to Singapore with him was elated and reassured to see him looking healthy after the surgery. Following after his mother, he dreams to be a school teacher when he grows up.

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Name   :   Nur Airis Umairah binti Mat Suhaini
Age      :   10 Months Old

Nur Airis Umairah was 10 months old when she was admitted to IJN for surgery on 8 February. She is the only child to this family where the father works as a forklift driver, earning RM1,200 per month. The family lives with the little girl’s grandparents as their income is low. The EPF account of the father is not even enough to get them a new motorcycle, the only transportation for the family. Thanks to SEA CHF, Nur Airis was saved. It’s not two months after her surgery and she is recovering.

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Name   :   Nguyen Tan Phat
Age      :   2 years old

Born with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), 2-year-old Phat's future seemed bleak. He was slow in development and was often sickly and could not do even the simplest of activities most children his age could. Moreover, he was from a low-income family and his parents had to beg and borrow to support the costs of his medications and frequent hospital visits.

If left untreated over the course of time, Phat could suffer Level 2 heart failure, affecting his health and development. He was in a very precarious situation and his condition was potentially life-threatening. Fortunately, with the assistance of Nu Skin SEA CHF, Phat received the necessary heart surgery.

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Name   :   Aditya Adli Zhafif
Age      :   8 years old

Muhammad Alimi is the youngest of the 4 siblings. His father earns only $337.13 USD per month as a fisherman to raise a family of 6. Besides himself, his twin brother, Muhammad Azizi is also a child heart patient who has just gone through the open heart surgery early of this year through the funding contributed by Nu Skin SEACHF. This time, Muhammad Alimi is able to go for the surgery with support from Nu Skin SEACHF.

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Name:   Fan Ming Hao
Age:    2 years old

Min Hao is the only child to a family who make a living by selling noodles at a hawker center. With their meagre income and high overheads, the family struggled from month to month. With help from SEA CHF they were happy to see their child recover from corrective heart surgery.

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NAME: AFRIZA AZHA BINTI MOHD ROSLAN

AGE :  3 Months old

Afriza is the second children in the family. Her father makes Roti Canai for living and earn RM1,500 every month, while her mother is a housewife. Her parents were worried about her condition and concerned about the high cost of the surgery. However, through the SEA CHF and IJN Afriza went through a successful open heart surgery.

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Name:  Jhon Michael Ysunza    
Age:    2 YRS. OLD

2-year old Jhon Michael was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called acyanotic patent ductus arteriosus, a disease that causes irregular transmission of blood between the two most important arteries of the heart. With their boy in dire need of operation but having little money to get by,  Jhon’s parents brought him to the CHILD Foundation of the Philippine General Hospital. Through SEA CHF and CHILD, Jhon Michael finally had his life-saving operation.

Now, Jhon Michael is no longer restricted in life because of his condition, and can look forward to a brighter future.

 

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Name      :   Nadifa
Age         :   4.5 Years Old

Nadifa was first identified with heart problem when she was 2 years old. She often got cough and flu and took a long time to recover from it. Only when she met with a caring doctor in her hometown, she was then referred to a cardiologist for further diagnosis. Nadifa had heart defects and had to undergo treatment. Her father works as tofu seller and is very grateful with to SEACHF for the financial support to the family to enable Nadifa to live a healthy life.

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Name: Natasha Salvaloza
Age: 6 mos. old

Natasha was born with pulmonary valve atresia, a rare type of congenital heart disease that required immediate surgery, as the condition does not allow blood to travel to the lungs to be refreshed with oxygen. Natasha’s family had little income to get by much less pay for such an expensive operation, so they brought her to CHILD Foundation to seek help with their finances.

Through SEA CHF’s partnership with CHILD, Natasha was able to undergo corrective heart surgery on July 16, 2012.

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Name   :   Marvin Co
Age      :   2 years old

Marvin was born with a heart condition called Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). It affected growth and development and he suffered constricted breathing. These prevented Marvin from lively activities which are expected for a child his age. Moreover, if left untreated, it would endanger his life as time progressed.

As a result of his condition, he had been under long-term medication since birth but this was only a temporary solution. In order to reverse negative effects on his health, Marvin had to undergo corrective surgery, but his  family could not support it. It was thus a great relief when Nu Skin SEA CHF - PCFS provided the financial assistance for the expensive procedure. 2-year-old Marvin is now a cheerful and lively boy.. 

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NAME                   : DAYANGKU NUR RIFQAH BINTI AWANGKU MOHAMAD

AGE                       : 3 Years old

Dayangku is the youngest child in the family with 3 siblings. Her father works as a fisherman earning RM400 every month, while her mother is a housewife. The family survives solely on her father’s income, hence they were worried about the cost of open heart surgery. With the aid from SEA CHF -IJN, Dayangku underwent her first open heart surgery in January 2014. 

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Name: Wilson Ledesma
Age: 10 mos.

Wilson was born with the congenital heart disease called Patent ductus arteriosus, an illness that leads to abnormal blood flow between the aorta and pulmonary artery, two major blood vessels that carry blood from the heart. Due to the very high cost of the operation which they could not afford, Wilson’s family went to Manila and sought the help of CHILD Foundation in the Philippine General Hospital. Through CHILD’s partnership with SEA CHF, Wilson got his much-needed operation on Aug. 3, 2012. He underwent the surgery called cardiac catheterization and recovered well.

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Name      :   Zakhesia Vajireh
Age         :   12 Years Old

Zakhesia, known as Caca, is a junior high student. Her illness made her unable to be physically active in the class. She was diagnosed with heart problem when she was 2 years old; however her family could not afford to do much.

Caca’s father, works as laborer at a plastic factory and was not able to support her daughter’s treatment when doctor strongly advised her to have heart surgery. The family is very grateful to receive financial aid from Nu Skin SEACHF.

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Name      :   Chong Pei Yu
Age         :   2 years old
Location :   Seri Kembangan, Selangor

Chong Pei Yu is the only child in the Chong family. Her father works in a book printing factory while her mother is a housewife. Pei Yu was born with congenital heart defects that required a few surgeries. She went through her first surgery on 27 November 2014 and was discharged on 4 December 2014. She then returned and went through another surgery on 17 January 2016 and was discharge on 29 January 2016. Thanks to SEACHF, Pei Yu is now recovering.

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Name   :   Putri Indah Lestari
Age      :   6 years old

6-year-old Putri was a shy little girl and lived in a make-shift bamboo hut. She was under the care of her aunt and her uncle who works as a gardener. Putri was often sickly and this led to extreme worry for her guardians. 

She was later diagnosed with Arial Septal Defect (ASD), a serious heart condition which required surgery. Her family could not afford the high expenses but with the help of Nu Skin SEA CHF, Putri was finally able to receive treatment and she can now look forward to growing up as a normal, healthy child.

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NAME: BEYBY AIREN ANAK SURAU

AGE: 8-year-old

Beyby Airen was diagnosed with heart disease at a very young age and underwent an operation in 2004. Subsequently, she needed another surgery. But earning minimum daily wage, her father cannot afford the cost of surgery. With the help from SEA CHF and IJN, Beyby successfully underwent corrective heart surgery in February 2012.

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Name      :   Muhyin
Age         :   10 Years Old

Muhyin lives with his father and grandmother. Son of a parking guard at the Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital, Muhyin comes from a poor family. With the help from Nu Skin SEACHF, Muhyin underwent corrective heart surgery. The photo shows Muhyin today, who is healthy and active.

Diagnosis : Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)

Treatment: Surgery (September 2010)

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Name:  Cristine Joy Lat
Age:  2 year old, female

Little Cristine Joy was born with the congenital heart disease called acyanotic patent ductus arteriosus. With little money to get by, her parent brought her to Manila and sought the help of CHILD Foundation.

Cristine successfully underwent interventional catheterization on May 25, 2013. No longer limited by her disease, Cristine can now grow up and look to a bright future just like any other normal child.

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Name      :   Chua Wei Ci
Age         :   3 Years Old
Location :   Puchong, Selangor

Wei Ci is the only child of the Chua’s family. Born with several heart complications, Wei Ci was encouraged by her doctor to undergo open heart surgery. With his father’s main income of RM1,000 – RM1,500 per month selling clothes online, the family was unable to finalize on the decision to send her through the surgery because of the high surgery fee. Thanks to Nu Skin SEACHF, Wei Ci went through the surgery and was discharged on 13 March 2016.

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Name   :   Rayqisha Nur Jannah
Age      :   5 months old

Since birth, Rayqisha was born with VSD and was required to undergo the VSD Closure surgery. Her father working as a supervisor, earns just enough to cover the monthly family expenses. Nu Skin SEACHF has lifted Raqisha’s family’s financial burden by sending her through the open heart surgery and she is recovering now.

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NAME                   : ARISSA RAFIFAH BINTI ZAINI

AGE                       : 8 Months old

Arissa is a down-syndrome child. She was diagnosed with heart disease 3 days after she was born. Due to Arissa’s health condition, she stayed at Hospital Kajang for 4 months after she was born. During those 4 months, her mother has to bring her to IJN to check for her heart condition every day. Despite the fatigue, her mother never gave up but kept hoping that her beloved daughter will  recover one day.

In September 2013, under the Nu Skin – IJN Foundation Heart Surgery Project for Children, Arissa successfully underwent open heart surgery.

“I’m so glad to see her become chubbier and more energetic every day. Thanks to Nu Skin for saving my child’s life,” said Puan Ratifah, mother of Arissa.

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Name      :   Gabriel String Hartono
Age         :   4.5 Years Old

Gabriel is a smart, active little boy. Even during the time at the hospital, he kept himself busy drawing and writing things.

His father works as salesman and earns around USD 200 per month, which is not enough to pay the medical treatment of the boy.

Before he got surgery, Gabriel often got cough and flu, which prevented him from doing activities that he likes. Now that he is healthy, this cute fan of Angry Birds will enjoy his time at school and with the friends.

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Name      :   Faith Cañete
Age         :   1 Year Old

Faith was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called Tetralogy of Fallot. With her mother Arriane as a housewife, and her dad Ryan as an aircon technician earning an average monthly income of USD$ 210, the Cañete family had no means to pay for their daughter’s expensive, yet badly needed operation.

Ryan and Arriane were told about CHILD Foundation of the Philippine General Hospital, and sought help there. Through CHILD’s partnership with SEACHF, they were able to get the funding needed for their kid, who was operated on last January 8, 2016 with the corrective heart procedure called Closed Heart Surgery (BTS).

Now that Faith has gotten the treatment, she has recovered well and her parents are looking forward to making more meaningful memories with their child, now free from such a life-threatening disease.

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Name   :   Jomari Marquez
Age      :   11 year old

Born to Maritess and Jovito Marquez, Jomari was diagnosed upon birth with the congenital heart disease called patent ductus arteriosus. With his father as a fisherman and his mother a housewife, the Marquez family live on a monthly income of USD32, and had little to get by much less pay for the immediate surgery needed for their child. It was then that they were advised to bring Jomari to the Philippine General Hospital to seek sponsored surgery.

Through CHILD’s partnership with SEACHF, Jomari was able to undergo the procedure needed for his ailment, PDA device closure, last September 4, 2015.

He tolerated the procedure well and has recovered quickly. Now John can grow up like any normal child, free from a heart disease that could restrict his valuable childhood years and be a threat to his life.

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Name:   Nur Aufa Binti Mohd Effendy
Age:    2 years old

Nur Aufa is the youngest with a brother and sister. Her mother stays home to take care of them while her father works as a stall assistant in the night market. With just a few hundred Ringgit per month, the family was devastated when they were told that their daughter needed to go through  open heart surgery. SEA CHF helped the family by taking care of the funds needed for surgery. Nur Aufa underwent the open heart surgery and is smiling every day now. 

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Name   :   Le Thi Hong Van
Age      :   13 years old

  • Family of 4 in Ninh Binh
  • Income: $27/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 21 May 2014
  • Surgery completed July 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 28 July 2014
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Name   :   Yu Wadi Shaw
Age      :   13 years old

Yu’s condition was undiagnosed until the age of 2. She would break out in cold sweat when she was breastfed and later on in school, she would tire easily and was not as active as other children. It was only during a consultation that it was discovered she had a heart condition. With her father's income of SGD100.80 (USD80), it was not possible to cover the high medical costs.

Due to her sickness, Yu often felt stressed and left out that she could not do more than she wished. She also spent a lot of her time in and out of hospital but during these visits, she also witnessed many young children with similar life-threatening illnesses. This triggered her dream to become a doctor so that she could one day help other young patients. Thankfully, Yu was assisted by Nu Skin SEA CHF and KKH and underwent successful surgery. In the pink of health, she can now attend school regularly and fulfil her dream of realising a medical profession.

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Name   :   Le Quang Giau
Age      :   2 years old

Le Quang Giau was only 7 months old when he was diagnosed with congenital heart defect. Unfortunately, his family can’t afford the operation needed to save his life.

His father is a retired soldier and ihis mom on the other hand, is a does sales job. Their combined income is $100 USD per month. Unfortunately, this is not enough to cover the basics and their daily essentials. Besides that, both parents have health issues and are unable to take care of their child.

Since birth, Le Quang Giau has been weak and sick. With the support from Nu Skin, he had his surgery and is in good health now.

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Name      :   Fitriani
Age         :   7 Years Old

Fitriani suffered from a combination of different heart problems. Due to her complex conditions, she needed multiple surgeries or medical treatment which require very high cost.

As daughter of a warung seller in Brebes, a small city in Center of Java, it was likely impossible for her to get medical support. Only when she was referred to Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital (RSCM), she was introduced to YJAI who then sought for donors for her. Nu Skin SEACHF helped to sponsor her catheterization as one necessary method before she could be treated further .

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Name   :   Vayishunavi Tresa
Age      :   3 years old

Vayishunavi’s parents are both working, earning a decent income to raise a family of four. However, as they stay near the capital city, their paychecks are only sufficient to pay off their monthly expenses. Born with congenital heart disease, Vayishunavi’s family struggled to seek financial aids for her surgery, but to no avail, until they found IJN Foundation who works closely with Nu Skin SEACHF. Vayishunavi has been sent through an open heart surgery and is now discharged to recover at home.

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Name:   Kaung Sat Naing
Age:    2 years 6 months

Kaung was diagnosed with heart condition when he was 3 days old. Due to his heart condition Kaung’s complexion is slightly blue and his growth and development tends to be slower as compared to a healthy child. A year ago Kaung was still a 'blue baby' until he was brought to KKH through SEA CHF. But due to his complex cardiac condition, Kaung was not able to recover entirely after one surgery. So in 2014, Kaung was  brought back to perform the final surgery required. After the surgery Kaung is in the pink of health and can always be seen with a smile on his face. His mother is very grateful to SEA CHF for giving her child the opportunity to experience a normal childhood.

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Name   :   Qaseh Nur Ain
Age      :   3 years old

Qaseh Nur Ain is the only child of this family who stays in a terrace house in Senai, Johor. Her parents’ combined income is only RM1,500 per month. The family travels around town on a motorcycle. Even while the government allows them to use fund from the EPF Second Account for medical usage, they did not have sufficient fund in the account to pay for the surgery fee that cost about RM45,000.

Thanks to SEA CHF, Qaseh was admitted to IJN at the end of January for the surgery and was discharged before Valentine’s Day to be with the family.

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Name   :   Tan Ze Yu
Age      :   1 month old

Being the youngest in the Tan’s family with an elder brother, Ze Yu was unfortunate to be born with congenital heart disease. Though both of his parents were working, they were still unable to send their son through the open surgery because of the expensive medication and surgery fees. Nu Skin SEACHF works with Gleneagles to send Ze Yu through the surgery promptly. He has been discharged from the hospital to rest at home.

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Name   :   Ngo Nguyen Hong Gam
Age      :   3 years old

When Gam and her twin sister were born, her parents were overjoyed. However, life threw a curve ball when it was later discovered that Gam had congenital heart disease. She was frequently sick and required visits to hospitals every week which was not only time-consuming but expensive. She was later diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect-Patent Ductus Arteriosus (VSD-PDA).

Both parents were only seasonal workers, peeling and cleaning cashew nuts for a living. They only made about VND300,000 (USD14) a month and surgery required VND46M (USD2290). They could not afford the high expenses and waited for a miracle. Nu Skin SEA CHF provided the much-needed support and 3-year-old Gam can now look forward to growing up normally and healthily as her twin.

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Name   :   Hannha Chiew Qian Jun
Age      :   4 months old

Born with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage (TAPVD), Hannha, being the only child of the Chiew’s family, requires an urgent corrective surgery to prolong her life. Working as an assistant in the restaurant, her father was burdened with the urgent need of fund to send his child through the surgery with his wife being a housewife. The arrangement of the surgery was put to halt until Nu Skin SEACHF came to the assistance. Hannha went through a successful surgery and was discharged.

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Name      :   Nur Isma Rahmadila
Age         :   1 Year Old

Nur Isma suffered from PDA and received support from SEACHF to undergo medial treatment. Her father sells candies, snacks at a little store near the house and earns less than USD 100 every month. Living in the suburbs of Jakarta, the family’s low income make her parents so grateful to receive financial support from Nu Skin SEACHF.

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Name   :   Napaporn Baebmuen (Kao)

Kao was born with only 4 fingers on his right hands and without any bones in his lower arms. He lives with his grandmother who is a temporary worker. Kao was born at Phitsanulok Hospital. When he was 5 days old, he had his first surgery at Nakhon Sawan Hospital due to gastrointestinal obstruction. Later, he often had a cold and the doctor discovered that he had congenital heart disease which made him tire and fall sick easily. Kao was later transferred to the Children’s Hospital to await corrective heart surgery. His case had been continuously followed up for 2-3 years before being transferred once again to the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation which has arranged the surgery for him at Kasemrad Hospital Prachachuen in Bangkok. The total medical treatment and medicine expense is approximately 200,000 baht. Without the financial support of the foundation, his grandmother would not have been able to afford it. After the surgery, Kao is now healthy enough to go to school like other children. He is good at studying and he likes drawing and arts. Kao and his grandmother are thankful to receive the help from SEA CHF, so that he could have the surgery, enabling him to live his life like other children. Although his life is not perfect, he and his grandmother are now ready to move on with renewed strength.

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NAME: MOHD HAIKAL ZAKUAN BIN WAN RAHMAN

AGE: 4-Month-old

Mohd Haikal Zakuan is the youngest child in the family with 3 siblings; his mother is a fulltime housewife, while his father works as a general worker in a grocery shop with a monthly income of RM600. Without the help from SEA CHF and IJN, they would never be able to afford the costly heart surgery.

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Name      :   Nia Rohayati
Age         :   5 Years Old

Nia lives in a small district outside Jakarta, Cikarang, with her parents and a sibling. Her father supports the family by selling pre-paid phone cards near their house.

Having heart problem made her often sickly. Thanks to ADO treatment that she got with SEACHF support, she is now healthy and happy to be back in school.

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Name: Shane Mae Chavez
Age: 3 years old

Shane was 3 years old  when she was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called acyanotic patent ductus arteriosus. Her father, who works as a security guard, was earning only enough to feed his family and could not afford the cost of operation. They were referred to the Philippine General Hospital, where Shane was taken under CHILD’s care. Through SEA CHF and CHILD, Shane was operate on November 31, 2012. Two weeks after her surgery, Shane was able to attend the FFG Christmas Party in Museo Pambata, where she received a Christmas gift, and grocery pack for her family.

 

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Name      :   Nedin Sahrul
Age         :   7 Years Old

Nedin lives with his family in a hilly, dusty village 80 km from Jakarta. From his house, it takes around 45-60 minutes ride on motorcycle to get to school. In 2010, this 1st grade student of elementary school dropped out of school due to health condition. His defective heart caused Nedin to be too exhausted to go through a long and bumpy ride every day. Before getting medical treatment, he spent most of his time at home and played with his neighbors’ kids.

Nedin was treated in March 2011 with the help from Yayasan Jantung Anak Indonesia (YJAI) and support from SEACHF. An expressive little boy, Nedin shared his enthusiasm to take pictures during his recovery time at the hospital. Three months later, he showed his expertise in tree climbing when Nu Skin staff visited him at his house. He feels much better and fine now that he is able to be physically active after being treated. What’s more important is that Nedin feels he is ready to go back to school.

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Name   :   Le Thuy Dung
Age      :   1 year old

  • Family of 7 in Hai Duong province (includes her grandmother, uncle, parents, siblings)
  • Income: $47/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 27 Oct 2014
  • Surgery completed 24 Nov 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 26 Nov 2014
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Name   :   Tarisa Marito
Age      :   13 years old

Tarisa is the second daughter in the family. Her father was once a fruit seller in Medan, but is currently out of work. Her mother now sells coffee and other drinks at their home to earn
some money. Tarisa was 12 years old when she received support from Nu Skin SEA CHF in 2013. 

When she was 5 years old, Tarisa was diagnosed with congenital heart disease that required her to use a pacemaker. She easily tired out and could not participate in sports activities at school. To ensure that the pacemaker is in good condition, Tarisa has to undergo routine checks. This device can only be monitored at Cipto Mangunkusumo General (RSCM) Hospital in Jakarta, and this caused her family financial strain as they had to spend a lot of money to visit Jakarta every year.

Despite her condition, Tarisa is a clever, friendly little girl who has great enthusiasm for life. Tarisa met Nu Skin in March 2013 when she received funding from the Nu Skin SEA CHF to
replace batteries for her pacemaker at RSCM Hospital in Jakarta.

In May 2013, Tarisa got a chance to sing at Nu Skin Indonesia’s Expo, at one of the largest shopping malls in Medan. Everyone was very thrilled with her confidence and Tarisa returned to perform at Nu Skin Indonesia’s Convention in June 2013. With her clear voice and stage presence, she garnered thunderous applause from more than 2000 distributors at the convention who were amazed and gratified to meet in person, one of the children they had supported via Nu Skin SEA CHF.

Tarisa is an intelligent girl who enjoys singing. Her dream is to become a professional singer one day.

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Name   :   Pham Duy Thanh
Age      :   1 year old

  • Family of 9 in Dong Nai
  • Income: $116/month
  • CHD: Ventricular septal defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: May 2014
  • Surgery completed May 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 10 June 2014
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Name   :   Tan Wei Lim
Age      :   1 year old

Being the only child in the Tan’s family, Wei Lim has brought joy to his parents. However, Wei Lim’s parents are constantly worried about his congenital heart disease. His father earns a lower than average income as a Sales person while his mother is a home maker. The doctor has advised that Wei Lim would require a VSD closure, mitral valve repair and PDA ligation procedures in order to survive. Wei Lim has been sent through his first surgery with the fund contributed through Nu Skin SEACHF. He was discharged and recovering now.

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Name: Nava Mogan Raaw

“Thank you Nu Skin SEA CHF and IJN for the financial support to undego surgery.   I'm alive because of this opportunity.  My family and I are very thankful to each of you at Nu Skin. May God bless you. I love you all and I'm very thankful for your help. I'll remember all of you till my last breath.

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Name   :   Rattanakorn Pengkrajang

Rattanakorn has been a patient of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation since she was very young. She was born with jaundice, so she was kept in the incubator. A week after she left the hospital, her mother discovered that she got really tired while being breast fed. Therefore, she took her back to the hospital. The doctor said that she was born with congenital heart disease. The doctor at UthaiThani Hospital had cared and followed up on her case until she was 5 years old. Then she was transferred to the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation for a heart surgery. Rattanakorn had her first surgery done in August 2009. After the surgery, she had better appetite and was an easy child to care for. The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation regularly followed up on her case and found that she had cardiomegaly on October 11, 2009. She then underwent a her second surgery which has finally corrected her heart. Rattanankorn now lives a happy life like any other child her age.

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Name   :   Krittipan Manureem

At age 5, Krittipan, fondly known as Bell, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. She was born at a facility that lacked the proper health checks and her condition was not detected at birth. Bell would frequently be breathless and tired after a few minutes of outdoor play. Her parents were shocked and sad thinking they might lose their child. But with help from Nu Skin’s SEACHF, she had a heart surgery and recovered very well after that. The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation had regularly followed up on her case.

Fifteen years after her surgery, she was found that as she grew up, the valve needed to be changed. Bell had to have an operation again. This second operation was more risky than the first one, however with support from SEACHF and PCSF, the operation went well and she is finally well and back to normal.

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Name   :   Hein Moe Moe Win
Age      :   6 years old

Moe Moe got very sick when she was three months old and was brought to the doctor. That’s when she was diagnosed with congenital heart disease (hole in the heart). Since then, she had to constantly rely on medication to manage her medical condition. She gets breathless and exhausted from walking too long and was unable to play like other children do. She was also smaller in size as compared to children of the same age.

Her father, Mr. Tin Win who works as a farmer for a living and also the sole breadwinner for the family, draws no more than SGD150 per month. With his meager income, he has to support Moe Moe’s taxing medical bills without any financial support. Through Nu Skin’s support from the SEACHF, Moe Moe was able to have a second chance in life. Her successful surgery in Singapore transformed her life and like any other healthy children, she now looks forward to attending school and receive education to pursue her dream to be a doctor.

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Name   :   Tin Zar Wai
Age      :   5 years old

As a toddler, Tin’s mother noticed she was breathing abnormally and there were other signs indicating that not all was right. After several medical examinations, it was determined that Tin had a heart condition. It limited her daily activities and her weak immune system prevented her from venturing outdoors which also meant that she could not attend school.

It was crucial for her to undergo surgery but with a monthly income of only SGD189.40 (USD150), her family could ill afford such high expenses. With help provided by Nu Skin SEA CHF - KKH, Tin underwent successful surgery and her parents are thankful and excited for her to experience a normal healthy lifestyle now.

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NAME: Wong Zheng Hao

AGE: 3-year-old

Zheng Hao is the youngest child in the family. He was diagnosed with heart disease at birth with a 6mm hole in his heart. His parents were unable to pay for the operation he needed but with the financial assistance from SEA CHF and IJN, Zheng Hao underwent a successful heart surgery.

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Name:   Yin Nyein Phwe
Age:    3 years old

When Yin was 2 months old, she had difficulty breathing and her complexion turned blue when she cried. Growing up, Yin could barely walk without feeling breathless and  often cried for her mother to carry her.

After consulting a doctor, her family was  told that Yin had a heart condition  and would only have a life span of 10-15 years if she does not undergo the necessary surgery. Due to their financial situation, Yin’s family was referred to SEA CHF and received the support to undergo surgery.

Yin is now an active and playful girl like any normal child of her age.

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Name      :   Harrys Arya Yudhistira
Age         :   1 Year Old

Baby Harrys received support from Nu Skin SEACHF to have ADO treatment for his PDA. Harrys’ family lives in an plantation area in North Sumatera, Kisaran, where his father works as a labourer. With support from Nu Skin SEACHF, this cute little boy was able to get ADO treatment to give him a better quality of life.

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Name   :   Emilscha Dania
Age      :   3 years old

Emilscha is the middle child of the Dania’s family and stays in a 2-bedroom flat with her family. Excluding the monthly expenses of rental and transportation, Emilscha’s both working parents combined income was just able to meet ends for the family. However, her parents were unable to finance the open heart surgery when Emilscha was advised by the doctor to be sent through an open heart surgery to ensure full recovery from the life-threatening disease, and thus, the surgery was put to a halt. Nu Skin SEACHF saw the urgency to this matter and agreed to sponsor the child through the surgery.

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Name   :   Natchanon Jitsakhon
Age      :   9 months

Natchanon is the son of KitjaJitsakhon and PimolNgamlamai. Kitja works in a pig farm in Sing Buri Province and earns 5,000 baht a month. Natchanon was born at Sing Buri Hospital and he was a healthy baby. After spending his first 2 months at home, he got sick and started to breathe heavily. His mother then took him to PhromBuri Hospital in Sing Buri Province. The doctor suspected that he might have a heart disease. Since there was no pediatric cardiologist there, Natchanon was transferred to Sing Buri Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease. Natchanon was then transferred to Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health or the Children’s Hospital.  After the surgery, Natchanon recovered well and he no longer gets tired  easily and he can now drink more milk. His mother is very happy that the surgery has saved her son’s life and allowing him to live a healthy life like other children. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation and all donors for the financial support.

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Name:   Ye Htut Ko Ko
Age:    5 years old

Ko Ko was diagnosed with heart conditions when he was just 1 year old.  Then, he was not able to receive surgery due to his medical complications and family’s financial status. For 4 years, Ko Ko has been under medication and was unable to lead a normal childhood. Ko Ko is a playful child, but his condition deprived him of even walking for more than 10 minutes. Thus, he was unable to play with others and often felt lonely.  With SEA CHF, Ko Ko was able to receive the medical expertise and necessary funding to undergo surgery.  This made a huge difference in Ko Ko’s family and their lives.  After the surgery, the first thing  that Ko Ko did was to walk around the hospital premises.  That was actually the first time in his life that he could walk continuously for more than 10 minutes. Ko Ko’s life has been transformed!

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Name      :   Nur Anissa Saffiya
Age         :   4 Months Old
Location :   Kulim, Kedah

Born with congenital heart disease, Nur Annisa is the only child in her family. The family relies on her mother’s income to live on while her father takes care of her since she was born as she was put in the Intensive Care Unit in the hospital in Kulim since birth. With the low income that her mother is earning, the family could not afford long term medication fee, not to mention about the high surgery fee. Thanks to SEACHF, Nur Anissa underwent the open heart surgery.

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Name   :   Tran Ngoc Truc
Age      :   3 years old

Born with congenital heart disease, 3-year-old Truc's parents could not afford the hefty costs of surgery. The cost was estimated at VND68M (USD3383) and with her family's income at only VND1M  (USD50) a month, they and could hardly afford her medications and check-ups.

Although Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) is not immediately life-threatening, if left untreated, it could have detrimental health effects as time progressed. Truc’s surgery was delayed due to lack of funds but with the timely support of Nu Skin SEA CHF, Truc was finally able to receive open heart surgery and can now experience a healthy childhood.

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Name   :   Tran Thi Anh Thu
Age      :   5 years old

  • Family of 7 in Bac Giang
  • Income: $37/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: May 2014
  • Surgery completed May 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 28 May 2014
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NAME                   : BIBI NADJIHAH BINTI MOHD SOHKRI @ MOHD YAHYA

AGE                       : 3 Years old

Bibi was adopted by her current family. Her father worked a laborer with RM600 monthly income. However, he stopped working after being diagnosed as diabetic.  

Bibi loves to smile and is very active. She also has a sweet tooth. Her parents are thankful for the help offered by SEA CHF and IJN Foundation. 

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Name: Hayden Sta. Romana
Age:  7 years old

Hayden was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called ventricular septal defect (VSD) and needed surgery as soon as possible. However the family lived on a US$180 monthly income and did not have the means to pay for their boy’s much needed operation.
Through SEA CHF and CHILD, Hayden was able to get his life-saving VSD patch closure through open heart surgery on September 9, 2014.

He tolerated the procedure well and is on his way to a full recovery, able to enjoy his childhood years as a healthy, normal boy.

 

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Name:   Thu Htet Htoo
Age:    1 years 5 months old

 

Htet Htoo was diagnosed with heart condition 7 days after he was born and his family was deeply sadden by the news. Due to his conditions Htet Htoo’s growth and development was also slower as compared to others. Even at the age of 1, he was still unable to crawl. When Htet Htoo’s family learnt  of SEA CHF, they were elated and extremely thankful.  After the surgery, Htet Htoo is no longer the sickly child that he used to be and enjoys playing with other children.

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Name   :   Chanida Limpanaporn
Age      :   12 years old

With a  smooth and normal pregnancy, no one expected Chanida to be any different when she was born. However, as a baby, her skin had a bluish tint and she had to be placed in an incubator to regulate oxygen flow. There was minimal improvement and doctors suspected that she may have a heart problem. It was later discovered that Chanida had a transposition of the great arteries and needed intensive care but was too young to undergo surgery.

Due to the high medical costs, Chanida’s condition became a constant cause of worry for her parents. It was only when she reached 10 months old that she received help from Nu Skin SEA CHF – PCSF.  Chanida underwent successful surgery and was given a new lease of life. A well-rounded student today, she can now confidently work towards her ambition to become a mathematics teacher.

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Name   :   Waefarida Gheyah
Age      :   23 years old

Waefarida was born with serious health issues. She weighed 2 kg at birth and had breathing problems. She was very small and all her fingers and toes were blue. The doctor said that she had heart disease and needed an operation.

However, her family was very poor and despaired at how to help Waefarida. As a child, Waefarida wondered why she was so different from others. She could not understand why she could not run around and play with her friends; why she had to visit the hospital
frequently; why her parents looked so sad; and why she had to take a lot of pills.

Fortunately with financial support from Nu Skin SEA CHF local partner, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation, Waefarida was able to have heart surgery in October 2004. Her medical follow-up required her to undergo surgery again every 5 years to change batteries. This was made possible with support from Nu Skin SEA CHF.

Waefarida is now 23 years old and is currently a teacher in a rural area in Southern Thailand, Pattani Province. Although she is teaching at a small school, she is so happy to be able make a difference in the lives of these children.

“The depth of my gratitude goes beyond a simple “Thank you”. I have received help from people I do not know. I have been given a new life from people I have never seen. As a grown-up, I have learned how much it means to be the receiver and I know how great it is to be a giver. This is a reason why I have chosen to be a teacher. I always keep in mind that I have received a new life because of the kindness I have received from others. I am older now and I should give back to the society. Although what I can do is very small, I will do my best.”

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Name   :   Alexis Vincent Abad
Age      :   3 months old

Three months ago, newborn Alexis Vincent Abad was diagnosed with Complete Heart Block, which limits his heart’s ability to pump blood to the rest of the body. He is the youngest of the four children. Alexis’ father, a factory worker, was just earning USD 186 (PHP 9,000). To make the required operation possible, his parents searched for financial assistance. And, it was through the support of Nu Skin SEACHF that Alexis was able to get the help he needed.

Alexis can now have a normal childhood without a life-threatening disease, and look forward to a brighter future

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Name   :   Thin Yamone Oo
Age      :   11 years old

The earnest student Thin Yamone Oo, or adoringly called Thin Thin by the nurses and doctor, was only four months old when her mother noticed her bluish nail bed and brought her to the doctor. She was on medication for a month and still made no improvements. As they lived near the borders where the father worked, she was sent to a hospital in Thailand and was later found to be suffering from a congenital heart disease. Her condition was stabilized through daily medication until she was a year old, when a medical team from Australia came.

A shunt device was implanted to allow better blood flow and was effective for about eight years while she was concurrently on aspirin to manage her condition. As the shunt degenerates over the years and her condition grew worse, the family was referred the Fund for her to receive treatment in Singapore. Due to complications, she was placed on the ECMO machine and undergone another operation. It was a relief for her parents when she came through the 12-hour operation successfully. As she journeys the road to recovery, she garnered all her strength to tell her mother that she can’t wait to go back to school to practice her Burmese traditional dance. Her aspiration is undoubtedly courageous and definitely one to laud of.

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Name   :   Ahmad Magroby
Age      :   10 years old

Magroby is the only child in the family. He is a smart little boy who is now in the 4th grade of elementary school. The boy was only recently identified with heart problems, when one day he got dengue fever. SEACHF helped Magroby undergo surgery. His family was very grateful for the support from Nu Skin.

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Name: Christine Bagallion
Age: 18 years old

Christine, who hails from Iloilo, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease called acyanotic atrial septal defect. With both parents already deceased, she was taken care of by her aunt, who had very little to get by with her job as a vendor in the province. Due to their limited funds, Christine was brought to the CHILD Foundation at the Philippine General Hospital.

Christine got her much-needed operation and recovered well. She now looks forward to finishing school and living a brighter future.

 

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Name   :   Pham Thuy Hang
Age      :   1 year old

  • Family of 3 in Thai Binh
  • Income: $26-61/month
  • CHD: Ventricular septal defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: May 2014
  • Surgery completed June 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 11 July 2014

 

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Name   :   Kyi Sin Shn Thant
Age      :   10 years old

It is a parent’s worst nightmare when a medical misdiagnosis happens and in the suburbs of countries like Myanmar where substandard medical practices are unfortunately common. In Sin Shn’s case, after the family observed frequent coughs and breathlessness, she was brought to the family doctor where she was diagnosed with chest infections twice and antibiotics were given, yet the coughs didn’t go away. At their third visit to another doctor, it was immediately recognized that Sin Shn may be suffering from a heart disease and was advised to approach the hospital. With a monthly average household income of $145.11 USD to support the family of five, it was almost impossible for Sin Shn to receive medical care. Luckily, with KKH-Nu Skin SEACHF, Sin Shn was able to receive professional treatment in Singapore for her heart condition and her dream to become an artist is now possible.

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Name   :   Mai Thi Phuong Thuy
Age      :   2 years old

Thuy, aged 2, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, in 2013. However, she started showing symptoms when she was 3 months old - noticeably having frequent fevers, accompanied by coughs and worsened with dyspnea (shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing). It was a worrying situation that forced her mother to stop work and care for her.

It was confirmed that she had a serious heart condition that needed immediate surgery. Her life depended on it but her parents did not have a steady income and work was far and few. In fact, they only lived in a make-shift home and could not afford the VND89M (USD4430) surgery. Thankfully, with the help from Nu Skin SEA CHF, Thuy underwent successful surgery and is now on the road towards full recovery.

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Name   :   Nguyen Thi Truc Ly
Age      :   15 years old

Nguyen lives with her family of four in Soc Trang. Her parents are sole breadwinners earning US$105 a month.  When Nguyen was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect and Atrial Septal Defect, her family sought financial assistance from SEACHF. Nguyen underwent successful corrective surgery in July 2015. 

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Name: Ainnur Balqis Binti Abdul Refaee
Age: 4 years old

Ainnur should have been a lively, strong and bright 4-year-old little girl, playing gleefully with friends at the playground. Unfortunately, she was born with congenital heart disease  However, her father, a 43-year-old lorry driver and sole breadwinner, with a monthly income of RM700 (USD217), struggled to feed his family of eight and could ill afford the high medical costs needed to treat his youngest child.

Fortunately, with the help of Nu Skin SEA CHF – IJN Foundation Heart Surgery Project for Children, Ainnur received successful open heart surgery and is now able to experience a normal and healthy childhood and enjoy fun activities with her peers.

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Name   :   Hoang Thi Binh
Age      :   10 years old

Hoang lives with her parents and an elder brother.  She was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect which caused her to tire easily and experience breathlessness. Her parents bring in a monthly income of US$52 a month and approached SEACHF for assistance.  Hoang had her corrective surgery in  June 2015 and is recovering well.

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Name      :   EJ Castillo
Age         :   7 Months Old

EJ was born in Nueva Ecija to parents Edgar and Jennifer. Edgar works as a farmer, and Jennifer a housewife. Their son EJ was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called ALCAPA (anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery), but with under USD 130 as monthly income, the family were struggling to make ends meet with their daily needs and could not afford to pay for their child’s costly operation on their own. It was then that Edgar and Jennifer were advised to seek financial help.

Through CHILD’s partnership with SEACHF, the cost of EJ’s operation was covered and he successfully underwent the procedure called Open Heart Surgery under cardio pulmonary bypass last February 18. No longer limited by his disease, EJ can now look forward to a happy and healthy life.

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Name   :   Norfaziatul Naufa binti Mohd Herry
Age      :   1 year old

Being the youngest in the family with three siblings, Norfaziatul was the apple in her parents’ eye. However, with her father’s sole income of RM800 as a general worker, the family was helpless when told by the doctor that Norfaziatul was diagnosed with heart disease and would required to go through an open heart surgery. The family cannot afford the high medical bills with the low income that her father earns, of which RM150 would be taken out for rental for the low cost house they are staying in. Thanks to the SEA CHF, Norfaziatul went through a successful heart surgery on 11 February 2015.

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NAME: NOOR ADIB AZRAEI BIN NASARUDIN

AGE: 3 years old

Noor Adib was diagnosed with heart disease when he was born. His parents were worried about his condition as he had frequent fever and his body would turn blue when he cried. Due to Noor Adib’s health condition, his mother had to stop working so that she could take good care of him.

His parents were worried about their financial problem as they do not have such big amount of money for their child to undergo open heart surgery. However, with the help and recommendation from Hospital Kuantan, they managed to get in touch with IJN Foundation.

Through the SEA CHF  - IJN, Noor Adib successfully underwent open heart surgery in year 2012.

Noor Adib is now able to enjoy his childhood like any other children. He loves to meet up with his friends in the kindergarten.

His parents would like to take this chance to convey their gratitude for all the kind hearted contributors who have help to make their child  smile again. 

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Name   :   Natthapol Choteklang
Age      :   7 years old

Natthapol was born with congenital heart disease. Having septal defect and blood vessel infarction meant that he faced restricted growth and struggled through daily activities with his labored breathing and weak physical condition. He was on medication for 4 years in his young life until his first surgery. However, it was not the last of his operation.

He required a heart transplant to secure long term effects but the cost for the procedure was very high. Thankfully, when he reached 6 years 11 months old, Nu Skin SEA CHF provided the lifeline that he desperately needed. With a successful surgery, Natthapol can now look forward to a healthy childhood and a better quality of life.

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Name   :   Harlene Mae Caday
Age      :   3 years old

Harlene, 3 years old, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease called Acyanotic Patent Ductus Arteriosus. This affected her health greatly and as a young child, she was already suffering from irregular heart functions. Her parents worried over her constantly and Harlene became unhappy for most days. They realised Harlene needed surgery to help regain strength and improve her physique but the low income from her driver father meant they could not afford the high costs.

Harlene was recommended to Nu Skin SEA CHF and CHILD, and with their support, she underwent intervention catheterisation surgery.   Harlene has since recovered and looks forward to attending preschool.

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Name:   Syarifah Nurhana Binti Mohd Fadzil
Age:    10 years old

Besides being the youngest among her 6 siblings who are all studying, Syarifah is also a Down Syndrome child. To take care of her and the family, her mother was  forced to stay home while her father works as a factory operator, earning RM1,000 a month. The high cost surgery worried the family. Via SEA CHF, Syarifah had open heart surgery. The surgery was a success and Syarifah can now enjoy her favourite outdoor activities.

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Name      :   Satria Nabeel
Age         :   4.5 Years Old

Cute Nabeel loves playing with toy cars and trucks since he was very young. He brought his toy trucks with him when he was hospitalized to have AMVO for his heart problem. Being the only kid in the family, Nabeel is a polite, soft-spoken little boy who likes to draw.

Nabil’s father works with a contracting company and earns a meagre income to finance his son’s treatment. With support from Nu Skin Force SEACHF, Nabeel is now able to enjoy brighter and healthier days.

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Name   :   Julyana Samson
Age      :   11 years old

Julyana is the eldest of 3 in her family. Her father is a driver and her mother is an administrative officer. They are a typical family with a meager income that is only sufficient for their basic needs.

Julyana was one year old when she was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. She needed to undergo a very expensive heart operation that the family could not afford, so her mother, Anna, wrote to many organizations seeking help. Nu Skin SEA CHF answered their plea and prayers.

Anna recalls that time when Julyana had to fly to Thailand for her operation:
“From the moment we flew to Bangkok, Thailand on October 27, 2004, we had mixed emotions stepping on a foreign land for the first time. But the full support of Nu Skin along with the warm and friendly reception and assistance of Dr. Pirapat Mokarapong, and the staff at Rajavithi Hospital, was more than enough to wash away all apprehensions and make us feel comfortable while we were away from home.”

Julyana is now 11 years old and is a healthy, active, and smart girl who enjoys the vibrance of life that all normal kids experience. She has come a long way since her operation 10 years ago.  Julyana is excels in school with Math being her top subject. She is an active sports person and is also a member of her church choir.  Julyana hopes to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor, an engineer or a pilot one day.

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Name   :   Dao Thi Thanh Loan
Age      :   7 years old

  • Family of 4 from Hanoi
  • Income: $60/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date will be admitted to hospital: December 2014
  • Surgery: waiting for schedule – December 2014
  • Date released from hospital: January 2015

 

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Name   :   Jirayu Duangchan
Age      :   8 years old

Jirayu, 8 years old, has had many health scares since birth. Diagnosed with congenital heart disease, his heart valves were located on only one side and this greatly restricted blood flow. He was only given 8 months to live and his parents were depressed and stressed over the high costs of surgeries needed. It was at this distressing time that Nu Skin SEA CHF gave them the much-needed support to save their son. 

Jirayu underwent his first coronary heart bypass at a week old. However, to be able to withstand his second surgery, he needed to gain weight to reach 25kg. Unfortunately, he was unable to attain the standard weight gain and symptoms of the disease started to resurface. A third surgery was immediately performed to subdue the life-threatening effects but his weak physique led to the damage of some blood vessels. The operation was a success but he had slow brain development during his early years. Having been through these painful experiences, Jirayu is finally back on track, developing well and now looks forward to a bright future.

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Name   :   Lin Khant Aung
Age      :   3 years old

At 20 days old, Lin was already diagnosed with congenital heart disease. As he grew older, he could not play as much as his friends. He tired easily and had to squat down every few minutes to catch his breath. Without preventive surgery, his life expectancy was only estimated to last till 20 years of age.

However, with a monthly family income of SGD96.91 (USD120), surgery was unaffordable and this was a constant source of worry and concern. With the help of Nu Skin SEA CHF and KKH, Lin was able to undergo surgery successfully. He could finally play as long as he wished, without feeling tired and is now  an active child who enjoys playing with his friends.

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Name:   Knives Rivas
Age:   5 yrs. old

The Rivas family had a life-changing moment when their son, Knives, was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called acyanotic patent ductus arteriosus. With the family solely relying on the father’s income as a tricycle driver, even expenses for their day-to-day living was tough, and the family was certain they could not pay for Knives’ operation.

SEA CHF and CHILD helped the Rivas family by paying for Knives’ heart surgery.

Five-year old Knives can now enjoy his childhood like any normal boy, and can grow up to be whatever he dreams to be, no longer held back by his limiting disease.

 

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NAME: MUHAMMAD HAFIY BIN NORHAIDI

AGE: 2 years old

Muhammad Hafiy is the youngest child in the family, he has3 siblings. His mother is a fulltime housewife, while his father works as a dispatch rider with a monthly income of RM1200.  Muhammad Hafiy successfully underwent heart surgery with the help from SEA CHF and IJN.  

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Name      :   Jermia Nimo
Age         :   1 Year Old

Born to Melvin and Nelly, Jermia was diagnosed upon birth with the congenital heart disease called Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Living on a monthly income of USD100, the Nimos had little to get by much less pay for the immediate surgery needed for their child. It was then that they were advised to bring Jermia to the Philippine General Hospital to seek sponsored surgery.

Through CHILD’s partnership with SEACHF, Jermia was able to undergo the procedure needed for her ailment, open heart surgery under cardio pulmonary bypass, last 11 January 2016.

She tolerated the procedure well and has recovered quickly. Now Jermia can grow up like any normal child, free from a heart disease.

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Name   :   Kenzo Bong
Age      :   2 years old

Kenzo Bong lives in a slum area in Jakarta. He was diagnosed with an abnormal heart rate and heart problem at 1 year old. Kenzo was advised by doctor to go for surgery. Unfortunately, his father’s earnings alone was not sufficient enough to support the surgery and Kenzo had to wait for almost 1 year to be treated.

The family is very grateful to get support from Nu Skin SEACHF. Kenzo has been operated and soon after the surgery, he has been able to share his smile for Nu Skin’s donors.

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Name   :   Kaye Celine Lapastora
Age      :   4 years old

Kaye was like any other playful, active 4-year-old but it was through routine medical examinations that it was discovered she had a congenital heart condition called Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). This meant she would fall ill frequently and she would be weak and constantly out of breath. As time went on, her overall health was greatly affected.

Kaye's mother worried about her daughter's physical well-being and saw the need for immediate medical intervention, but she was also financially strapped. Fortunately, with the support provided by Nu Skin SEA CHF and CHILD, Kaye underwent corrective surgery, and has returned to her cheerful, vibrant self. 

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NAME: FAIZATUL NATHASHAH BINTI JEMADI

AGE: 9-year-old

Faizatul is a very active girl. She loves to run and ride bicycle. At the age of 8, she was diagnosed with heart disease as she was always falling sick. With the assistance from SEA CHF - IJN, she underwent surgery in May 2012. She can now enjoy the sports she loves.

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Name:   Samithaa A/P Kumar
Age:    4 years old

Samithaa is the eldest daughter with a sister/brother in this family earning SG$1,200 each month with her father working as a security guard in Singapore and her mother as a homemaker. It was not easy for the family to struggle through every month with the minimum income they have, let alone pay for their daughter’s high-cost surgery. Through SEA CHF, Samithaa had heart surgery in July 2014. She is now recovered and her parents are grateful to see their child smile again. 

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Name   :   Hoang Ngoc Anh
Age      :   4 years old

  • Family of 7 in Thai Binh
  • Income: $46/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Date admitted to hospital: 17 September 2014
  • Surgery Completed September 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 19 September 2014

 

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NAME: NURAINI SHIFA’ BINTI ABDULLAH

AGE: 6 years old

Nuraini’s parents discovered that their daughter’s finger nails and lips will sometimes turn blue after crying.  Nuriani also had difficulty breathing.  Her parents brought her to the  doctor and she was then diagnosed with heart disease.

Nuraini’s parents were worried about her condition. At the same time, they were worried about the cost of surgery as well. However, with the help from IJN Foundation and SEA CHF, Nuraini successfully underwent the open heart surgery last year.

She is now 7 years old and she enjoys meeting her new friends in school. Her parents are so thankful to see their daughter smile again.

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Name      :   Andini & Andina
Age         :   3.5 Years Old

The cute twins suffered from an abnormal blood vessel connecting the two great arteries coming from the heart called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Living in a small town near Jakarta with parents who work as factory labor, these little girls got corrective surgery in April with the help from SEACHF.

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Name   :   Nur Aisyah Dalila
Age      :   3 months old

Aisyah was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at birth and was required to undergo an urgent operation to supply extra blood to the lungs. But with the sole income from her father working as a metro railway transportation’s control room officer, her fate was uncertain. After being transferred into Gleneagles KL, Aisyah’s family received financial assistance from Nu Skin SEACHF, sending her through a successful surgery. She is now recovering at home to welcome a healthy life ahead.

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Name:  Haikal Amirulshah Bin Shahryal
Age   :  6 years old

Haikal, being the youngest in his family often smiles a lot and his friends and family enjoy his talkative nature. However, even simple joys like these, became tiring for this 6-year-old child. His heart condition drained his energy and physical activities as he was growing up.

His 66-year-old father works as a clinical helper and only brings home RM1200 (USD373) a month. Fortunately, with the help of Nu Skin SEA CHF – IJN Foundation Heart Surgery Project, little Haikal received the necessary treatment and is getting stronger by the day.

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Name   :   Yin Kyae Khin
Age      :   2 years old

When she was 10 days old, Yin’s skin had a slightly bluish tint but her mother thought nothing of it, hoping it would clear up in time. But when her whole body turned blue at 6 months of age, her mother knew something was amiss. After medical consultations, it was confirmed that Yin had a hole in her heart which could lead to abnormal heart functions and various health problems.

Although saddened and worried, her parents were also financially strapped. Her father earned SGD189.40 (USD150) a month as a taxi driver, faced a dilemma regarding the high medical costs. Ultimately, Yin underwent successful treatment thanks to Nu Skin SEA CHF and KKH and is now enjoying her time playing around with her elder sister, experiencing a normal and healthy childhood.

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Name      :   Nasywa
Age         :   5 Years Old

Nasywa was born not only with heart problem. She also has difficulty speaking. Living in the greater Jakarta, her father earns money from informal sector and gets less than USD 100 per month. Before the treatment, she was often fatigued and consequently was very inactive compared to other kids.

Nu Skin SEACHF supported her to have ADO in June 2011, and after that she transformed to be a happy, active little girl.

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Name:   Siti Batrisyia Binti Sohibul Anuar
Age:    3 years old

Siti Batrisyia is the youngest among her 3 siblings. Even with both parents working, the family is only able to make ends meeting the basic needs of the household. Thanks to SEA CHF, Siti Batrisyia underwent a successful open heart surgery. She is smiling once more!

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Name: Van Joshua Abella
Age: 13 years old

Van Joshua was diagnosed with the congenital heart disease called “Atrial Septal Defect”, which is also commonly referred to as a hole in the heart. This disease causes an abnormal amount of blood to flow through the lungs, and could lead to major complications such as stroke, abnormal heart rhythm, and hypertension. Having insufficient funds to pay for their son’s operation, Van’s parents sought the help of CHILD Foundation in the Philippine General Hospital.

Through CHILD’s partnership with SEA CHF, Van was able to have corrective heart surgery.

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Name   :   Nisa Syakirah Annaila
Age      :   2 years old

Nisa is the youngest amongst her siblings with 3 elder sisters. Her father is a laborer while her mother stays home to take care of the children. Born with congenital heart disease, Nisa has gone through two rounds of surgery in 2015. However, she was required to go through a final surgery to ensure long term recovery. With Nu Skin Southeast Asia Children’s Heart Fund’s assistance, easing the family’s financial burden, Nisa was sent through her last surgery on 8 August 2016 to repair and replace the mitral valve. She is recovering well at home now.

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Name:   Muhammad Akmal Bin Hamdan
Age:    7 years old

Muhammad Akmal’s father works as a general worker, earning RM600 every month while his mother runs a small hawker stall to support the family’s daily expenses. With two children at home, it is a struggle to the family, especially when they received news from the doctor telling them their eldest son was diagnosed with congenital heart disease and needed a surgery. Nevertheless, the family did not give up. They prayed hard for miracles to happen and their prayers were answered via SEA CHF. Their boy went through a successful open heart surgery with the funds provided and is now enjoying his childhood like any other little boy.

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Name      :   Aisyah Ainul Qolbi
Age         :   9 Years Old

Since she was 2 years old, Aisyah, the 3rd grade student of SD Islam Terpadu Karang Pandan, Karang Anyar, Tawang Mangu, Solo, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease and malnutrition. Before the surgery, Aisyah only weighed 20 kg and she was frequently absent from school due to her poor health. After corrective surgery, Aisyah can now live a normal life and go to school just like other children.

Diagnosis : VSD PMO Medium + ASD Medium
Treatment : Surgery
(July 2010)

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NAME: TUAN MUHAMMAD NABIL AL-AMIN BIN TUAN YUNUS

AGE: 9 months

Parents of Tuan Muhammad Nabil Al-Amin discovered their son had heart defect in utero. After Tuan Muhammad was born, doctors discovered that there were 2 holes (1cm each) in his heart.

Tuan Muhammad’s parents felt sad and often despaired when thinking about their son’s future. Even feeding him milk was a challenge as Tuan kept choking while drinking milk. His mother had to stop and feed him over 7 times just to finish 4 oz of milk.

With the help from Hospital Kuala Terengganu, they managed to contact SEA CHF and IJN Foundation to send Tuan for open heart surgery. He was 1 year old during the surgery.

Today Tuan is a happy and active 2- year- old. He is able to walk and run. “He now can finish 9 oz of milk all at once!” said his mother happily.

Parents of Tuan would like to take this chance to thank all the kind hearted contributors who have lent a helping hand by giving their child another chance to live a better life.

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Name   :   Amalin Aisyah binti Abdullah
Age      :   1 year old

Amalin Aisyah was adopted by this family who has a 13 years old son. She, and her family, stays with her uncle in a terrace house in Kampong Gajah, Perak. Her father, or shall we call guardian, is a farmer while the wife stays home to take care of the children. 

Amalin was admitted to IJN on 25 February and discharge two days after. This is because the doctor has decided for her to take a PDA Occlusion instead of an open heart surgery, hoping for the hole to recover as she grows.

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Name      :   Mohammad Chalid
Age         :   2.5 Years Old

Chalid is the eldest son in the family living in Indramayu, a small town in West Java. His parents work at the city hospital and earn USD118 per month. Chalid’s heart problem caused his body to remain abnormally small for a child of his age. He was very thin and cried all the time, especially when he felt very sick.

He had corrective heart surgery and only during the surgery, doctor found that Chalid also had lung problem caused by the abnormal heart condition and got it treated too. His family is really grateful for Nu Skin’s generosity through the SEACHF program.

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Name   :   Vinoshen A/L Ravichandran
Age      :   12 years old

Vinoshen’s father works as a contractor with a daily income of RM30. With this low income, he has to put food on the table and take care of Vinoshen, his younger sister who is six years old. Vinoshen’s mother stays home to take care of the children.

Besides the basic amenities, they stay in a terrace house which cost RM450 in instalment and are committed to a kancil’s instalment at RM200 monthly. Without aid from SEA CHF, Vinoshen would not be able to receive the open-heart surgery to have a second chance to smile and see the world again.

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Name      :   Lihaiyen
Age         :   2 Years Old

Lihaiyen was very pale before underdoing the catheterization treatment. His finger nails and lips looked bluish, which is a common symptom for those with congenital heart disease. His father is a rental motorcycle rider and earns low income to be able to support his kid’s medication. With the support from Nu Skin SEACHF, he went on a catheterization to have his heart treated.

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Name   :   Dinh Tung Anh
Age      :   Less than 1 year old

  • Family of 7 in Bac Giang (including two uncles, two cousins, and his parents)
  • Income: $57/month
  • CHD: Ventricular Septal Defect and Pulmonary Artery Hypertension
  • Date admitted to hospital: 27 Oct 2014
  • Surgery completed: 05 Nov 2014
  • Date released from hospital: 17 Nov 2014
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Name   :   Rafly Dwi Handika
Age      :   9 years old

Rafly was born with down syndrome and if that was not heart aching enough, he was diagnosed with congenital heart disease in 2012. The disease introduced other health issues that plagued much of his young life. Fortunately, 9-year-old Rafly had a strong, positive and loving personality and this gave him and his mother the courage to shoulder on.

Rafly garnered the attention and support of Nu Skin SEA CHF and received surgery in 2013. Now that his health problems have become a thing of the past, Rafly has become a happier and healthier child.

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Name   :   Kiandra Pradistha Dzaky 
Age      :   8 months old

Kiandra and her older sister were both born with a heart defect, Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). Kiandra's disease was detected when she was a month old. Whilst her sister went through a lengthy series of intensive medical treatments before she was cured,   8-month-old Kiandra could not due to her small and frail physique.  

With 2 young children that requiring expensive medical care, Kiandra's family could ill afford the high costs. However, with the support of Nu Skin SEA CHF, she received an Amplatzer Ductal Occluder (ADO) in August 2013 and every day is a new adventure for Kiandra, now that she is in the pink of health.

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NAME : ROSYALINA BINTI RAMLI

AGE: 9 Years old

Rosyalina has 6 siblings and is the youngest children in the family. Her father is a construction worker with a monthly income around RM700. Her mother is a housewife. They were worried about her condition and their financial condition. SEA CHF - IJN helped Rosyalina undergo open heart surgery successfully in October 2013. Her parents are grateful to see their child recovering and smiling again. 

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