Malignant Tumor Damages Eye and Face of Zahra

Every day, the tumor attached to Zahra's eye, which has been visible since 2019, worsens and gradually damages Zahra's face.

Zahra's malignant eye tumor or retinoblastoma enters stage three. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JOMBANG — It has been four years since Rahmelia Alyssa Azzahra, also known as Zahra, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma (a malignant eye tumor). The disease first evidenced was white spots on Zahra's eyes in 2019, which grew big over time.

Rafi from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Jombang explained that Zahra's parents, Sherin and Rahmat, took her to the hospital after noticing white spots on her daughter's eyes. The examination revealed that their daughter had a stage three malignant tumor.

Furthermore, the doctors recommended that surgery be performed as soon as possible so that the disease did not spread to the other eye, which was still healthy. However, limited funds are a limitation.

"Mr. Rahmat eventually decided to take Zahra to traditional treatment. There has been no change for more than a year. The white spots are growing into lumps that continue to grow and are now destroying the shape of her face," Rafi said on Thursday (5/19/2022).

Zahra's parents are now seeking medical treatment again, according to Rafi. BPJS cards can only be used to finance operations. The costs of care, medicine, and other treatment, which amount to tens of millions of rupiahs, are not covered by BPJS.

"Pak Rahmat works as a welder on seasonal construction projects, so his income is variable. This makes it difficult for him to raise funds for his child's treatment," Rafi explained.

Seeing Zahra's condition, the ACT Team collaborated with Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Jombang to assist with her treatment expenses, particularly the cost of medicine, treatment, and operations. "Generous Friends who want to help can channel their concern directly through the Indonesia Dermawan page," Rafi explained. []