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Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort And Spa Contributes To Babies’ Heart Surgeries

August 24, 2015 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang recently funded two heart surgeries totalling RM 83,000 for two babies under the resort’s “Embrace Gift of Life” programme.  The young patients had their surgeries at Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang. 

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The toddler, Pugelenthi a/l Murli, who is 6 months old, was awarded RM45,000 for her recent corrective heart surgery. Pugelenthi was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and initially admitted to Hospital Seri Manjung, Perak for infection and cyanosis (skin turning blue due to low oxygen saturation).

The patient was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot/pulmonary atresia, a condition that causes the pulmonary artery to narrow, restricting blood flow and preventing blood from flowing from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery and onward to the lungs. Pugelenthi’s father is a fisherman, and the mother is a housewife. They have 2 other children.

Elaine Yue, the resort’s general manager, presented the mock cheques to both families. Present were the resort’s Elizabeth Liew, Area CSR and Sustainability Manager – Penang Properties, Yui Ku, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sunstainability from Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited, Hong Kong and resort Director of Communications, Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman.  Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang was represented by Henry Cheah, Patient Business Executive and Mandee Lau, Patient Business Officer.  

“To date, our resort has contributed a total of RM 372,384to twelve babies and toddlers over the  years since 2012,” said Ms Yue. “The surgeries range from RM 14,000 to RM 60,000. We are doing this as part of our CSR efforts so that we can give young children with congenital heart diseases a new lease of life,” she added.

Toddler Muhammad Azfar Bin Azre, 6 months old, underwent a heart surgery to correct his multiple congenital heart defects. He was initially admitted to Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim, Kedah. Due to a lack of medical expertise at Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim, the baby was referred to Gleneagles Hospital Penang for treatment with consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Hafiz Law. The patient’s father is a technician in a factory in Sungai Petani and the mother is a housewife. They have no other children. Muhammad Azfar’s surgery cost of RM 35,000 was sponsored by the resort.

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