The Story of Susana, a patient with Myasthenia Gravis Stage II

Susana is a 34 year- old with Myasthenia Gravis Stage II, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that is characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the voluntary muscles of the body. It often affects the eyes of the patients, causing diplopia (double-vision) and ptosis (eyelid droop).
Because of her chronic case, the doctors feared that she would lose her vision. She needed to be given a high dosage of steroids immediately in order to suppress her immune system from making abnormal antibodies. But like most of the patients in the Department, Susana had limited resources, and could not afford the treatment.
With LSTB’s help, Susana was treated with a high dose steroid, Methylprednisolone. The Patient Welfare Fund covered the medication, amounting to Php 5,463, and therefore prevented her permanent loss of vision.