IT WAS a relief for Shuana Adenan when her son Muhammad Imran Naufal’s three-hour surgery to correct his congenital heart disease was a success.
The operation was made possible by Star Foundation’s Medical Fund programme, thanks to donations from the public.
“We are truly thankful for the support and financial assistance we received from donors, National Heart Institute (IJN), Sarawak Heart Centre and Star Foundation.
“There is nothing that I can do to repay the good deeds of donors, except pray that they will be rewarded for their generosity,” said Shuana, 45, from Petra Jaya in Kuching, Sarawak.
After being diagnosed with ventricular septal defect (VSD) since birth, Imran, five, had to undergo routine check-ups at Sarawak Heart Centre every six months.
To prevent his heart from deteriorating further, doctors advised that he undergo surgery and was referred to IJN.
His parents could not afford the cost of surgery and Star Foundation stepped in to help obtain the financial assistance.
Thanks to the public’s support and generosity, Imran was able to have the surgery last month.
He has to take things easy during the recovery period and attend a follow-up session six weeks after the surgery.
Imran is looking forward to riding his bicycle and playing with his friends soon.
IJN consultant paediatric cardiac surgeon Dr Hew Chee Chin said she was pleased with the outcome of the surgery.
“Imran has had a smooth and fast recovery,” she said, adding that he should eat nutritious food, stay active and have sufficient rest to speed up his recovery.
Dr Hew thanked Star Foundation and its donors for making the operation possible.
“I hope Star Foundation will continue with its humanitarian work, which is especially needed in this time of hardship,” she said.
Established in 2004, Star Foundation is the charitable arm of Star Media Group aimed at delivering meaningful initiatives with lasting outcomes to a diverse group of beneficiaries.
The Medical Fund Programme was initiated in 2015 to sponsor one-off medical treatment and care for underprivileged individuals with chronic illnesses.
For more information, visit starfoundation.com.my