The parents of a 15-year-old Grade 10 honor student are appealing for help for their daughter to undergo badly needed surgery in order to survive.
Sarah Jiezel Planas of Bacolod City has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure functional III secondary to rheumatic fever, severe mitral regurgitation and a ruptured chordae tendineae, her mother Elizabeth Planas said yesterday.
“We are appealing for financial assistance for her maintenance medicines and valve replacement surgery,” said Elizabeth, who is a school nurse at St. Scholastica’s Academy in Bacolod City.
Failure to undergo surgery would be fatal, the mother said.
Her father Ernanie Planas, who delivers mineral water for a living, said the family is appealing for help because they are short on financial resources needed for their daughter’s recovery.
The couple also has two other children.
Sarah Jiezel was hospitalized in December after her condition worsened.
Her daughter, who is an honor student, has been able to study at SSA for free because she is an employee there, Elizabeth said.
Sarah Jiezel sings in the choir and likes to write short stories and poems, she added.
“Please help her,” Elizabeth appealed.
The Planas couple can be reached at 09231706674 or 4574238. Assistance for Sarah Jiezel can also be dropped off at the Visayan DAILY STAR office.*
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