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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.

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.