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Morning broke with the familiar sound of tricycles plying the streets to bring the children to their schools, the men to the bus stations and the women to the church or the market place. Mario, young and energetic, cheerfully picked and greeted his usual passengers. He tirelessly joined the daily grind of tricycle drivers to earn a living for his wife and three children.

 

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The Story of Leonardo, a patient with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Grade III

 

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Leonardo was a 49 year-old cook who supports three dependents. He was relatively well for his age until he experienced a sudden severe headache at work which was relieved the next hour. Two days later, he experienced another severe headache that lasted for several hours, prompting him to consult in UP - PGH.

It was revealed that Leonardo had a bleeding in his brain and was consequently admitted to the Neurology Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He needed to undergo craniectomy and clipping of aneurysm to treat the bleeding and to prevent another. to be able to undergo these procedures, Leonardo and his family felt the need too seek from their relatives for his medicines and other surgical supplies.

Throughout his confinement, Leonardo expressed his deep desire to get well so that he can go back to work and finally relieve his family of the financial burden brought about by his medical condition.

Witnessing their desperate need for funds, Let's Save the Brain approved the family's appeal for a financial aid of Php11,500.00 for an aneurysm clip. This procedure was truly a life-saver for Leonardo his family for it also ensured that there won't be any re-rupture in the future.

The Story of Evelyn, a patient with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

 

Evelyn - patient with Subarachnoid hemorrhage from an aneurysm

As the sun rose one morning, Evelyn had already finished doing the laundry and was about to prepare breakfast for her construction worker husband and elementary school children. Suddenly a severe throbbing headache overcame her--it was the worst she ever had. She's been having on and off headaches the past week, but none compared to the excruciating pain she now had. Soon after, she vomited and felt drowsy, and dragged her right foot when she tried to walk.

Her husband rushed her to the emergency room at once. After some tests, the doctors explained that Evelyn suffered from brain hemorrhage from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. It must be clipped as soon as possible or else the aneurysm might bleed again. They needed P13,500.00 for the procedure, but Evelyn's husband could not cough up even a fifth of the amount.

With the help of generous donors, Evelyn's aneurysm was secured in time before any more complications occurred. Evelyn was eventually discharged able to walk by herself again, deeply grateful knowing that her family can still count on her to care for them at home.

The Story of Realvino, a patient with CNS Infection

 

Realvino is a 26 year-old male breadwinner with 3 dependents. He provides for his family's daily needs though his work as a hair stylist.
 
In the last quarter of 2013, he was admitted in the Department of Neurosciences, UP-PGH and was diagnosed with Central Nervous System (CNS) Infection.
 
His doctor suspected that he might have Tuberculosis (TB) Meningitis, a life threatening complication that affects all the regions of the CNS: the brain, the spinal cord, and associated membranes. Early and immediate treatment was critical to improve the outcome of his condition.
 
A Cranial CT Scan was needed to properly treat Realvino. However, since Realvino’s occupation was the only source of income of the family, and their funds were already drained from his antibiotics, the family had no other means to pay for the CT Scan.
 
LSTB, believing that each second counts, granted Realvino and his family Php2,900 to cover the cost of a Cranial CT Scan with Contrast Enhancement. With this procedure, his doctors were able to treat him accordingly. Through your contributions, Realvino was given another chance to be with, and to provide for his family.