Our Uncle Rene Mendoza is diagnosed with GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome). GBS is a rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms.
These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In its most severe form Guillain-Barre syndrome is a medical emergency. Most people with the condition must be hospitalized to receive treatment.
It was February 15 when our uncle started to complain the numbing of his hands. We thought that this is only related with his high blood pressure and told him to see a doctor for checkup. The next day, he was telling us that aside from the numbing of his hands, his legs and knees were getting weak. On February 17 (Sunday), he fell down when he tried to stood up from bed. We started to get worried that he was getting weaker rapidly so my parents decided to bring him to the emergency of the nearest hospital for him to be checked. There was no choice but to call help and carry him outside of their house to the ambulance of barangay Tuktukan to be brought to the hospital. He was about to be discharged but they were worried that Uncle Rene still can't manage to stand up. The doctors advised him to be confined to conduct further tests. After the tests, the doctor confirmed that he has GBS. There is no cure for this illness but there are therapies and treatment that can lessen the severity of the illness and accelerate the recovery of the patient.
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIg) is being given to him to stop the illness from spreading in his entire body. As per the doctor, it is recommended that he needs 5 sessions of this treatment. Each session costs Php 100,000 excluding the medicines, hospital and doctor fees.
As per this writing, he can not stand, sit, move sideways while laying down and can not even move his arms and legs.
We are reaching out to your hearts whoever might be reading our Uncle Rene's story. He is working in a construction site under the city government of Taguig. We are need of financial assistance to cover his medical expenses. Any amount will do and will be greatly appreciated. We will be forever be grateful for any help that will be offered.
You may also donate directly to Bank of the Philippine Islands with account number of 1869-0248-87 under the name of Mindaflor Espina.
Thank you very much and may God Bless us all!