A young ATHLETIC woman who suffered a minor stroke last month and has been diagnosed with congenital heart disease needs RM35,000 for immediate surgery.
Analyst Chan Li Ling, 29, from Bentong, Pahang, has always been a sports lover and exercises at least three days a week.
However, on August 25, she suddenly felt dizzy and vomited repeatedly. The next day, she struggled to move half of her body, and only then did she realize she had suffered a stroke.
“I was at work and had to call my parents to pick me up. At first I thought I just had a little unbalanced ear fluid so I took the day off.
“The next day I discovered that I couldn’t control half of my body. On admission it turned out to be a stroke,” she said.
Li Ling said all indicators of his physical examination were normal and there was no diagnosis of diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Due to his age, doctors suspected that other factors had caused the stroke.
“Later I was diagnosed with a patent foramen ovale (PFO) – a small flap or opening between the upper right and left chambers (atria) of the heart – which pumps blood from the right atrium to the atrium. left and then to the brain, causing strokes,” she said, adding that patients with FOP could suffer a stroke at any time if they did not receive an FOP closure procedure.
Doctors from the National Heart Institute (IJN) said she was lucky because the stroke was in the cerebellum and it was curable, Li Ling said.
After physical therapy, she gradually regained her mobility but still needs surgery soon or she could have another stroke which could lead to paralysis.
Li Ling has medical insurance, but since she was diagnosed with a congenital disease, the insurance company denied her eligibility to claim these medical expenses.
“I have only been working for a few years and earn RM4,000 a month.
“After paying all the bills, I don’t have much left each month. My parents have retired,” she said.
CCEP Foundation CEO Yee Poo Yoon said that although government hospitals can perform similar minimally invasive procedures, from a physical perspective, Li Ling’s condition is not life-threatening, it was therefore common in government hospitals to put her on a waiting list. .
“She has had a stroke before and the risk of a second stroke is high and can happen at any time.
“We had a patient in a similar situation, but he couldn’t be operated on in time and was paralyzed for life,” Yee said.
She said that Li Ling was a very sensitive and caring girl.
“His parents are elderly and have no source of income. She is the breadwinner,” Yee said.
Those wishing to help Li Ling can call 03-7955 9999 or visit ccep.org.my