Urgent Fundraising – Iman Izara (Heart Disease)



"I want to go back to school... I can study, play with my brothers and sisters, and friends."

Iman Izara binti Norihan, an 8-year-old girl who once enjoyed a happy childhood, has been confined to home due to worsening congenital heart issues. She experiences shortness of breath and chest pain, making it impossible for her to attend school. Her parents, who earn a living as hawkers, have been tirelessly raising funds to afford the RM48,000 required for her heart surgery. They hope that after the surgery, Iman Izara can return to school and resume her normal activities, joining her siblings and friends in their studies and playtime.

Since February, Iman Izara has been diagnosed with worsening signs of congenital heart issues, worrying her parents. They fear that carrying a heavy school bag or engaging in activities with classmates may cause discomfort for her. Consequently, they have chosen to keep her at home temporarily to provide care and monitor her condition. While her siblings go to school and enjoy outdoor activities with friends, Iman Izara remains confined at home, limiting her movements to prevent further chest pain.

【After birth, a hole in the heart was discovered, prompting regular check-ups throughout childhood. However, this year, the situation took a turn for the worse, leading the hospital to promptly schedule surgery】

Iman Izara, a young girl from Batu Pahat, Johor, was not diagnosed with a heart problem in utero. It wasn't until after her premature birth that she was immediately admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit for at least 5 days. Doctors discovered a small hole near the heart valve and a lung infection.

After successful treatment, she was discharged from the hospital. Doctors informed her parents that the small hole in her heart might close on its own, so surgery was not performed at that time. Over the years, her parents regularly took her for check-ups at the Johor hospital, and Iman Izara grew steadily.

However, recently she has been complaining of chest pain to her parents, especially in the mornings before school and after returning home. Her mother, Azlina binti A Rahim (41 years old), took her to the hospital's emergency room, but after an ECG test showed no issues, they were sent home.

In February of this year, during a routine check-up, doctors found that her heart condition was unstable. She was then referred to the National Heart Institute, where she was diagnosed with a subaortic ventricular septal defect (VSD) with associated right coronary cusp prolapse. Surgery to close the hole was scheduled for May 1st.

【Sometimes she feels chest pain and difficulty breathing, so she can only temporarily avoid sending the child to school】

Iman Izara now frequently experiences difficulty breathing and sometimes feels chest pain, as well as quick fatigue. Fortunately, her lips and limbs do not turn blue. Concerned that her heart may be overburdened, her father, Norihan bin Tukiman (44 years old), has decided not to let her return to school for the time being.

Parents Norihan and Azlina lost their jobs after the pandemic and decided to use their savings to open a burger stall in Bukit Gedong. Their business has its ups and downs, with the highest monthly income from burger sales reaching around RM3,000. The couple also has four children aged between 4 and 13 years old. Apart from covering their education expenses, they also have to pay for mortgage, car loan, transportation, living expenses, utilities, and telephone bills.

For Iman Izara's sake, the couple scrimps and saves, only managing to afford accommodation and living expenses during treatment in Kuala Lumpur, but they cannot afford the hefty RM48,000 surgery fee. With nowhere else to turn, they were referred to our foundation by the hospital.

After a home visit and assessment, One Hope Charity has decided to assist Iman Izara's parents in raising the RM48,000 needed for her heart condition treatment. The family has agreed to entrust the fundraising activities entirely to the ONE HOPE CHARITY, which will also collect the donations. For any inquiries, please contact our hotline at 04-539 9212, 016-4192 192, 019-2322 192, or 018-911 4192.

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