FIVE-YEAR-OLD Muhammad Imran Naufal loves riding his bicycle and spending time playing with his friends.
He is an active boy who makes friends easily, regardless of age or background.
However, Imran has had a challenging start to life.
During his mother’s pregnancy, he was diagnosed with a hole in the heart.
Upon birth, he was referred to the Sarawak Heart Centre with a congenital heart disease called, “Moderate Size Doubly Committed Subarterial Ventricular Septal Defect, Prolapse Aortic Valve and Mild Aortic Regurgitation (AR)”.
At first, the family hoped that the hole in Imran’s heart would close on its own, but they learnt that it could only be treated with surgery, which would cost RM40,000.
Running a roti canai stall, Imran’s father Amit Erol, earns between RM1,000 and RM1,500 monthly, while his mother is a housewife.
With limited financial resources, it is a struggle for Amit to make ends meet, especially when he’s unable to open the stall on rainy days.
Together with his eldest daughter, he sells roti canai from as early as 6am until around noon on most days.
“I’m worried about my son’s health as we are unable to afford his surgery,” lamented the 51-year-old.
Doctors at Sarawak Heart Centre have advised that Imran proceed with surgery at the National Heart Institute (IJN) to prevent his condition from worsening.
His mother, Shuana Adenan, said the journey from their house to the Sarawak Heart Centre would usually take half an hour, and that they are grateful to only pay RM5 for every follow-up session Imran has to attend.
“We have never been to Kuala Lumpur, so we feel anxious about our journey there for Imran’s surgery,” added Shuana.
“We hope our son will be able to undergo this surgery so that he can enjoy his childhood like any other boy,” said Amit.
“No parent wants to see their child fall sick. It is truly heartbreaking, but we have to be strong for Imran.
“We are thankful for Star Foundation’s help and would really appreciate the public’s kindness in helping us to get Imran the surgery he needs.”
Star Foundation’s Medical Fund Programme is helping to raise funds for Imran’s surgery and treatment at IJN.
Those who wish to help can channel their donations to the Star Foundation-Medical Fund Public Bank account (31-9984-9230) via bank transfer.
Donations can also be made via cheque, credit or debit card.
Excess donations will be used for the next eligible patient.
To get a tax exemption receipt, donors need to complete the Medical Fund-Donation Form available on the foundation’s website.
Star Foundation, the charitable arm of Star Media Group, aims to support impactful initiatives to help a diverse group of beneficiaries.
The Medical Fund Programme was started in 2015 to help underprivileged individuals suffering from chronic illnesses by sponsoring one-off medical treatment and care.