**please see update section for Chad’s current health status**
Preferred means for financial help via BPI account,
Richard A. Gumatay / Ara Manuel
Any amount would do and we would need all the help we can.
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I'm Ara Manuel, and my long time partner of 9 years, Richard Gumatay, has THYMIC CARCINOMA STAGE 2B.
Currently, Jan.27,2019 we are confined at the hospital for his new chemo treatment protocol because the inital chemo protocol with use of Carboplatin and Taxol didn’t shrink the tumor. This first page has the detailed events of what happened last year Aug. 2018 and how we knew he had cancer.
Please read the updates tab/section regarding what and where we are now in our journey to overcome his illness. We need your help to raise fund for Chad.
We need your help, we're struggling for our finances. We were supposed to get married December 29,2018 but we decided to let go of the big wedding, cancel and ask our suppliers for a refund so that we can use the money to add for our medications, treatments and hospital bills. With this, we'd like to ask your help to support our hospital bills, medication and possible radio chemotherapy.
Last, August 8th 2018 at 10 pm PHT, my fiancé called his brother to take him to the ER at St. Luke’s Hospital Quezon City due to the difficulty of breathing.
I was told that he was first given salbutamol Ventolin to relive his difficulty of breathing and there was a series of test all clear except for the CT Scan.
August 9th 2018 at 4 am PHT, he was admitted due to the CT Scan result and was confined the pulmonary care unit.
The doctor's prognosis there was a mass and nodules in his mediastinum; and suspicions it is malignant.
Other than the mass and nodules, the mass was causing water to fill in the heart sac. The excessive water surrounding the heart was also causing him to not able to breathe properly.
The doctors advised that the water needs to be removed ASAP or it could cause him to have a cardia arrest.
The same day he was given medicine to generate sputum for the lab test.
August 10th 2018, Due to the medicine to intentional make him cough this caused him his first episode of passing out.
Same day at 10 pm, He had his first surgery to drain the excessive water surrounding the heart. There were a tube and needle in his body to drain the water in the heart sac.
(The tube and needle were in him for 4 days, the total water drained was around 850ml.)
August 11th 2018, he had his second episode of passing out due to coughing. He had a very short seizure, passed out and didn’t know that it happened.
From August 11th to 17th 2018, we were getting a bit okay and recovering.
August 17th 2018, he had his worst seizure. His eyes rolled and I could only the white part, his face and mouth were turning purple. It lasted for about 15 seconds.
We were advised for an MRI and prolong our stay due to the incident. We were having issues with finances the family decided to try to have him transferred to the Philippine General Hospital.
August 19th 2018 at 12mn PHT, he had his MRI. After his MRI he was getting worse again.
August 19th to 21st 2018, he had difficulty to sleep and had no sleep for 30hrs. He felt bloated, was coughing hard, passing out and the seizures were more frequent.
He was done bedside ultrasound, 2D Echo, and X-ray. Doctors advised that there was water in his left lung and was needed to be drained again.
August 21st to 23rd, he wasn’t getting any better care management from St. Luke’s Hospital. He had all his vitals critical level.
August 23rd at 4 pm PHT, we were able to transfer to PGH.
August 24th, we had again series of blood extraction, x-ray, and ultrasound. In the x-ray and ultrasound, the doctor’s advised they had to do mid-operation to remove the water in his left lung.
August 25th, he had his operation for the draining of water in his left lung.
August 23rd up today, we are recovering but only with medicine’s to alleviate his complication. No treatment is not yet given because the first biopsy at St. Luke’s was inconclusive.
August 31st, he’ll undergo a major operation (open chest surgery) to get another biopsy. We’ll be waiting again for the result. Once we get the result, he’ll be given the next steps/treatment.
Treatments that could be given or might be done as per the doctor’s advice are oral meds, radio chemo, chemo or another surgery to remove the mass.
Please do add Richard A. Gumatay to your prayers that he gets good treatment, be better, no more complication and his fast recovery.
We would appreciate your monetary help and prayers as well.