THE Malaysian Consulate presented a special donation this week to support the medical treatment of Baby Peter Sidi who needs urgent surgery for a congenital heart condition.
Baby Peter and his mother Lyn Sidi are heading to India for medical assessment and surgery because such medical care cannot be provided in Solomon Islands and without it, baby Peter will almost certainly die.
The donation by the Malaysian Consulate follows other good news received by the family this month that the Indian Government will cover the surgery costs.
“I am so grateful to the Malaysian consul for their generous donation, because along with the Indian Government generosity to cover the surgery costs, we can now quickly move forward and get Peter to India for treatment while he is still well enough to travel,” said Mrs Sidi.
When they heard that the family had a shortfall in donations, the Malaysian consulate stepped in to cover the costs of flights and accommodation associated with the month long stay in India.
In handing over the cheque, the Secretary to the Honorary Consulate of Malaysia Sylvia Wong said she was happy that the Malaysian Government could play an active part in getting Peter to India quickly.
“We sincerely hope that Baby Peter stays strong and his medical treatment in India is a success. We very much look forward to hearing about his progress,” said Mrs Wong.
Mrs Sidi said that this is the first time a Solomon Islands child has been accepted by an Indian hospital for such treatment and is hoping that this experience will lay the foundations for future Solomon Islands children to consider treatment in India.
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity shown by so many local and expatriate people and including social clubs in helping raise the funds to give baby Peter a chance at life, God bless you all,” she said.