Tears welled up in my eyes as soon as I finished reading Nuffnang's special featured entry on a toddler named Ammar.
See the lovable, adorable, normal-looking toddler in the picture above? One look at this cheerful little toddler, no one would have guessed that this toddler has been struggling with a heart condition since birth.
As of now, this adorable, innocent little fellow is patiently waiting for 22nd February 2010 where he will be taken to an operation theatre for a heart surgery.
FYI, Ammar is a 2-year-old toddler who has been suffering with Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) since birth. According to Nuffnang, he has a hole in his heart which results in oxygenated blood and non-oxygenated blood mixing together, which in turn puts a lot of strain on his heart and lung arteries. I think it is better known as jantung berlubang in Malay.
It seems that in some cases, the hole eventually seals itself up after some time, but that wasn't the case for Ammar as doctors mutually agreed that he should undergo a surgery to prevent the situation from getting worse.
Hospital is his second home. Going in and out of ward becomes a routine for this poor family. You can check out this blog entry written by his mom, Azmaniza, who blogs at http://mylife-asz.blogspot.com, to read more about Baby Ammar's condition and how she, a mother of five children, brave through this God's greatest challenge.
Honestly, I can't imagine myself being in her shoes. I can't imagine what I would do if it were to happen to me, or to Aydein. I can't even imagine how it must be like for the little toddler to have to breathe through breathing aids ...
and eat through gastro tubes, at a very tender age!
With that being said, I urge ALL of you; If you have some time or love to spare, please help this innocent little boy, who may not even have any idea of how serious this condition could be for him. It is obvious that he is oblivious about this, because he could still offer a smile at times like this even when he's obviously ill. Sighs.
Please help to spread this word around. Donations can be made to Azmaniza Mohamad Kamal – 514093114912 (Maybank). Every little bit helps, so please do contribute any amount you can.
Again, baby Ammar's surgery is scheduled for 22 February 2010, and the fund-raising effort will end on midnight at 17 February 2010. It is indeed a short period of time, but let us all rise to the occasion and prove to everyone the strength of a blogging community like ours.
Remember, today might be her day. We never know when it could happen to us. :(
To baby Ammar, get well soon, baby Ammar love! To his family, be strong and keep praying. Insyaallah this misery will soon come to an end and replaced with a happy ending soon, insyaallah.