Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Iman Zainab, 11, died moments after saving three-year-old cousin’s life

An 11-year-old girl who died in a motorway crash used her last moments to help her infant cousin to safety. Iman Zainab Javed, from Rochdale, was killed in a three-vehicle collision on the M61 in Lancashire in January. Her father, Javed Iqbal, is still in a critical condition in hospital. The family have now released a statement revealing Iman’s selfless last act. ‘She was a beautiful, caring, fun-loving, inquisitive and sometimes cheeky young girl,’ the statement said. ‘She loved baking and cooking and wanted to learn sewing. ‘Iman could play patiently for hours with her younger baby cousins, but she could also tell you the impact Brexit had on the pound! ‘She had her GCSEs planned and wanted to study medicine. ‘Iman enjoyed shopping and was very good at picking out items for birthdays, baby showers, or weddings. She was looking forward to the SATs in teh summer, and the pink limo she wanted on the last day of school. ‘Iman had a particularly special bond with her three-year-old cousin Aaima Vasim, who suffers from a serious heart condition. ‘Iman’s last act in this world was to help Aaima out of the vehicle to safety.’ Her mother Khaldah also described her as a ‘blessing from Allah’. Iman was the youngest member of her immediate family – she had a twin brother called Rehan, and three teenage siblings. The family all thanked the emergency services, the Royal Preston Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital for the care given to Iman and her father. Linda Cotton, headteacher of Iman’s primary school, paid tribute to the ‘bright, intelligent’ young girl. ‘We have all suffered a tremendous shock at the death, in such tragic circumstances,’ she said. ‘Iman was a first class student and such a bright.















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