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My name is Ryan Edward Palo. Today, I am reaching out to you to share a deeply challenging situation that has unfolded within my family.
It all began towards the end of August when my wife, Faye, who was pregnant at the time, started experiencing distressing breathlessness with any movement. Initially, we attributed it to the discomforts of pregnancy, but we soon realized it was something more serious. I had an impending work trip scheduled for September 17th, but a nagging feeling compelled me to stay by my wife's side, fearing for her well-being.
Over the subsequent weeks, Faye's condition did not improve. She struggled to sleep, often having to sit up due to breathing difficulties. On the night of September 14th, she approached me, unable to find relief from her breathlessness since the afternoon. It was then that we rushed to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with fluid buildup in her lungs and unstable blood pressure.
Shortly after our hospital admission, she was moved to the Labor Room for continuous monitoring. Concerns grew not only for her but also for our baby, as her blood pressure spiked to a critical 215/125. Pre-eclampsia had set in, jeopardizing both their lives. The only option was a premature delivery at 29 weeks to save my wife from a potential stroke, aneurysm, or heart attack. I consented, fully aware of the gravity of the situation.
Our baby had to be incubated immediately upon birth, but there were no available Neonatal ICU beds in our current hospital. We were swiftly transferred to another maternity hospital, and on September 15th, our daughter, Regina Freya, was delivered via an emergency c-section.
Regina Freya's initial response was not promising. She required constant intervention to survive her delicate early moments. My wife remained unaware of these developments due to her unstable condition. Miraculously, while receiving a priest's blessing, our baby displayed a remarkable response – a moment of hope amidst the uncertainty.
Since her birth, Regina Freya has been in the Neonatal ICU of the Ortigas Hospital and Health Center. While we had financially prepared for my wife's delivery, the unexpected turn of events has strained our resources. The emergency procedures alone have significantly depleted our finances, leaving us anxious about covering Regina Freya's NICU expenses. Her doctor estimates we are only 10% into her recovery, with a long journey ahead. Her hospital bills average Php20,000(USD 352) a day. My wife Faye was diagnosed with an enlarged heart after delivery because of pre-eclampsia. Faye has been sent home, but we continue to strictly monitor her blood pressure and her recovery while also requiring regular check-ups with her cardiologist.
We are committed to managing our finances responsibly but find ourselves in dire need of assistance. We are seeking the assistance of friends, relatives, and compassionate individuals who may be willing to assist us in ensuring Regina Freya receives the medical attention she desperately requires.
Your support, whether large or small, will be invaluable in our mission to secure the best possible care for our beloved daughter, Regina Freya. We express our sincere gratitude in advance for considering our plea and extending your hand in this time of great need.
- Maria Felicia Palo
- Mom of Reya
Home StretchUpdate posted by Ryan Edward Palo at 02:17 pm
A quick update on Reya and Faye:- Last week, Reya underwent a more than 3-hour eye laser surgery. Despite the challenges, the doctor shared positive news, and Reya, exhausted but well, is scheduled for a follow-up with the ophthalmologist this week.- News from the Neonatal Doctor. We're overjoyed to share. . . . .
Finally out of the incubator, LIO on TuesdayUpdate posted by Ryan Edward Palo at 04:11 pm
Update on Reya:1. She has been out of her incubator for a few days already. And it seems like she is coping well and her body is able to adjust to "outside" temperature.2. Blood transfusion number 2 was done Thursday last week and it has improved her CBC results. Thank. . . . .
Most Beautiful SmileUpdate posted by Ryan Edward Palo at 07:28 am
Hello! A quick update. I just thought of sharing to you Reya's photo of her first smile. Wow! It is the most beautiful smile. Thank you for all your continuous prayers, words of encouragement, and support. We can't wait for our little warrior to come home.
Incredible Journey of Hope and MiraclesUpdate posted by Ryan Edward Palo at 05:43 am
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of miracles and heartwarming news, and we couldn't wait to share our latest update with all of you. It seems that life has a way of surprising us when we least expect it. First of all, we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. . . . .
Update on our little fighter, Reya (as of 14 October)Update posted by at 08:48 am
Hi everyone, thank you again for sharing your blessings with us. We appreciate all your help. This will really go a long way.Also would like to update you on Reya:1. Eye checkup was done yesterday, according to the pediatric ophthalmologist, the nerves on her eyes are growing normally as of. . . . .
Update on our little fighter, Reya (as of 5 October)Update posted by at 11:37 am
Hello everyone, first of all, we'd like to thank you for the help that you have given us. Your prayers, kind words, and generosity will surely go a long way.As of today, 5th October, Reya's feeding tube has already been removed as she is now getting 20cc of milk every. . . . .
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