29 July 2010
I Wayan Arya sila Arsadhana, a 4-year old from Bali Indonesia, underwent a successful heart correction surgery at the National Heart Institute recently. He is the latest beneficiary of AirAsia’s ‘Donate Your Loose Change’ Campaign, one of the airline’s Corporate Social Responsibility programmes kick-started in 2008 to raise funds to help needy heart patients to carry-out treatment at the institute.
The child’s father, I Wayan Mudiarta, said, “I’d like to thank AirAsia for helping my child gain a normal life. His condition is very much improved after the surgery. I wish AirAsia all the best, and I praise the airline’s noble effort in providing assistance and care to those in need.”
AirAsia also contributed free flights from Bali to Kuala Lumpur for the child and his parents. I Wayan Arya was referred to the institute with severe cyanosis, a physical sign causing bluish discolouration of the skin and mucous membranes. Cyanosis is caused by a lack of oxygen in the blood. It is seen in infants at birth as a result of heart defects, respiratory distress syndrome, or lung and breathing problems.
According to Dr. Sivakumar Sivalingam, who attended to I Wayan Arya’s case, the child is responding very well to the treatment and showed tremendous progress. A thorough check-up was performed including an echocardiogram, which did not show any further problems with the child’s heart. I Wayan Arya is expected to enjoy a healthy and exponential growth post-surgery, as the heart defect which affected his development has been successfully corrected.
The ‘Donate Your Loose Change’ campaign raises funds to help needy heart patients to carry-out treatment at IJN. Launched on the 1st February 2008, funds are collected from generous passengers travelling on all AirAsia flights.