LSTB Stories

John Reyven Tanada

John Reyven Tanada is a 5 year old boy whose life changed after he has diagnosed with optic pathway glioma. At the early age of 2 years old, his family noticed that he had difficulty tracking objects. This was eventually accompanied by headaches and dizziness. Despite the financial difficulties, his family saved up some money to have him seen by

Baby Marc Emfirmo

Baby Marc Emfirmo was born full term via Cesarean Section since the doctors already knew that he had congenital hydrocephalus. But despite the insertion of a shunt to relieve his brain from the build-up of fluids, he was not recovering as well as expected. He cried a lot, had some trouble feeding, and his tiny body seemed to lose muscle

Like Magic

Unemployed due to disability from a previous stroke, estranged from his family, and plagued by worsening blurring of vision on his left eye, Jose de Jesus, aged 62, was in line at the PGH Ophthalmology clinic seeking treatment for his condition when he was suddenly struck by something terrifying – the left half of his face started to droop, his


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.


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

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