The Story of Allelie, a child with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS)

Allelie is a 1 and a half year–old child who was admitted at UP PGH and diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome. Three weeks before her admission, her parents noticed her weakness in her arms and legs, which eventually progressed to her upper body. She could no longer sit nor stand without support and could no longer hold her milk bottle. Finally, it came to a point where she had difficulty in swallowing and breathing, and was then rushed to the hospital.
 
The management of her disorder centers in the administration of Immunoglobulin (IGs), which not only shortens the course of GBS, but also allows faster reversal of the symptoms and decreases the risk of complications.
 
However, the meager income of Allelie’s father could not suffice the needed treatment. Her parents already borrowed from relatives and friends just to sustain her medicine. They also had to bring their other 3 children to the province because there was no one to take care of them since Allelie was admitted at the hospital.
 
LSTB recognized the family’s need, and provided financial assistance of Php15,000 for an Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG). The aid greatly decreased the financial burden and emotional strain of the illness to Allelie and her family, and allowed the child to recover so she can grow up to live a healthy life.