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Chen is my younger sister. She has been suffering symptoms of Achalasia (difficulty in swallowing food) since 5 or so, but was only diagnosed last year December 2017. Just this year, after her graduation she could no longer bare the pain and had difficulty swallowing even soft food. We admitted her last June 23, 2018, and she stayed in the hospital for more than 2 weeks.
The doctor frankly told us that her "Achalasia" is already at late stage, it could have been better if known/treated earlier. There's no better option, but surgery.
She has undergone 2 procedures:
1) Laparoscopic Heller Cardiomyotomy; 2) Dor Fundoplication
The operation took around 3 hours. She was in the recovery room for more than 12 hours. (see picture at upper-left). Normally, patients after operation would stay in the recovery room for just around 2-3hrs. but not in her case. Her condition was critical. The tube inserted through his mouth was to help her lungs breath since during the operation her lungs collapsed (as per doc) and the level of carbon dioxide was very high. She was supposed to be in ICU, but thank God it didn't happen, and was transferred to patient's room the next day.
The operation is done, but there is a small leak - the cut is around 5mm. Since the size of her esophagus is 3x than normal (due to some food unable to pass through the stomach), and the lining is so thin that the doctor cut some part of it. Normally, it would heal around 2-3 days, but in the case of my sister it's not healing after 5 days because of lack of protein (malnutrition developed over time).
After the operation, she is not allowed to take any food (No per Oral) even water for the next 9 days. Her main supplement to sustain (aside from dextrose) is passed through the veins and is very costly. Price of Nutriflex is PHP 5-7k good for 1 day only; PHP 45k+ just for 9 days of supplement).
She has also undergone Endoscopy. The doctor inserted a metal stent (this alone is PHP 60k+) in her Esophagus just to cover the cut that caused the leakage when food/liquid passes through. It will be removed after 3-4 weeks, just enough time for the wound/cut to heal. At least for now, my sister can already intake liquid (after 9 days of No food/water). And is still in liquid diet for more than 2 weeks already.
The reason for this cause is to raise funds for her medical expenses.
Our hospital bill has already exceeded what's covered in my insurance. Our hospital bill has reached PHP 300k+ including Professional/Doctors' fees. Since our account is already closed, we have to buy medicines, supplements needed and other laboratory expenses out of our own pocket. We already spent PHP 200k+ just for the medicines, & supplements alone which cost PHP 10-15k+ a day. And with the above being said, we need your support for her ongoing medical expenses.
A BIG THANK YOU for those who take time to include my little sister in your prayers (for her fast recovery) and for your financial support as well.
May GOD BLESS us all.
- Lien L
- Campaign Owner
Finally, Chen is Discharged!Update posted by Lien L at 01:54 pm
Chen has been discharged last Friday. The removal of stent was successful - No more leak! Thank God!! 🙌She's in better shape now. And by tomorrow, she can finally eat soft food! Imagine how grateful she is, since she's been on liquid diet for more than a month already. On
Esophageal Stent Removed!Update posted by Lien L at 09:15 am
Update on Removal of "Esophageal Metal Stent"Update posted by Lien L at 02:49 pm
Chen is admitted again today for the preparation of tomorrow's procedure - removal of esophageal metal stent. This would be the last procedure and hoping everything's gonna be OK.As always, THANK YOU for your continuous support (financially), and all of your prayers & encouragements that help us get through all
Esophageal Stent RemovalUpdate posted by Lien L at 07:32 pm
Only few days left from now, Chen will be admitted again for the removal of the Esophageal stent. We keep on hoping and praying that everything would be fine. We still need your support since we also have remaining hospital bills, and doctor's fees to pay. Thank you again for
Discharged!Update posted by Lien L at 03:31 pm
Chen has been discharged today! Thank God!!Though we still have pending hospital bills, fortunately our promissory note got approved. Also, we still have to pay one of the Doctor's Professional fees (surgeon) separately, since it was not included in the bill.We still need your support since Chen will be coming
Chen's Fight to Recovery..Update posted by Lien L at 10:20 am
Just last Thursday (July 5), Esophageal stent was inserted through her mouth. The main purpose was to cover the cut until it heals so to prevent leakage when the food (liquid) flow from esohagus to stomach.Esophageal stent will be removed after 3-4 weeks just enough time for the wound/cut to
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