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.
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.
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.