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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 : 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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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:  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   :   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: 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:   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   :   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: 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: 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:   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: 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: 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: 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   :   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   :   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   :   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: 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: 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: 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                   : 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                   : 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: 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: 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      :   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   :   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   :   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   :   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   :   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   :   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   :   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:   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   :   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: 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:   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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<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   :   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      :   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      :   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      :   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      :   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   :   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:   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: 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: 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      :   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      :   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:   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: 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:   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: 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                   : 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   :   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   :   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   :   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   :   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:   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: 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: 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   :   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:   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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