Featured Stories

The Story of Angelita, a patient with Hydrocephalus

 
Angelita - patient with Hydrocephalus

 

Bedridden, lethargic and unable to eat. It was all Angelita's husband could take. She has been having worsening headaches for the past two months; her legs grew weak, and she became drowsy most of the time. They could not bring her to the hospital as they could not even afford transportation from Cavite with their meager resources. But seeing Angelita rarely awake, it finally dawned on her husband that she was gravely ill.

She was finally brought to PGH, where she was diagnosed with TB meningitis with hydrocephalus. She needed surgery to drain the excess fluid in her brain, but as vendors they had no way to raise P12,500 on their own. Through the kindness of some benefactors, the shunting procedure pushed through and restored Angelita's wakefulness. Still her husband at present continues to hope and pray for recovery as she goes through treatment for this long-standing condition.

 

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.

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.