A Malaysian couple have donated the equivalent of about US$45,000 in the name of their 22-month-old son who died of leukemia early this month to five families who are facing big medical bills for their sick sons and daughters.

On April 22, the Khoo couple found their 22-month-old son suffering fever and bleeding gums, and rushed him to Singapore for medical treatment, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported.

He was diagnosed with acute leukemia, which claimed his life on the morning of May 5.

The Khoo couple, who had previously been aided by public donations for their sick son, decided to give what was left of those funds to others in his name.

Two children who were being treated in Singapore hospitals received S$20,000 (US$14,900) each.

One of them was a 15-month-old child who was in National University Hospital suffering from a bacterial infection after a liver transplant, and the other was a two-year-old boy in Gleneagles Hospital with neuroblastoma.

The family of the two-year-old hoped to raise S$1.2 million abroad for medical care, and the 35-year-old father was grateful for the Khoo couple’s generosity.

Meanwhile, two one-year-old children and a seven-year-old Indonesian who were being treated in a Malaysian hospital each received 20,000 ringgit (about US$5,000) from the Khoo couple.