RFA Heart Surgery for Michelle Bernice “Mommy Bernz” Garcia

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Hello World! This is quite big because I only used to say “Hello Pilipinas! Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and OFWs worldwide, kumusta po kayo?” That is always my greeting in all of my FB lives, reels, and videos because I wanted to address every Pinoy that can watch. My kids as they grow up also learned to do it on their videos.



I am Michelle Bernice Samonte Basilides-Garcia, also known as “Mommy Bernz, Wonder WoMom”. I am a homeschooling mom of four kids who works from home with a lifestyle of “sulit-tipid” or maximized/ wise use of resources. We are only a renting an old house, so old that when rainy season comes, the house inside gets wet because the owner could not afford to change the roofing. That is what we can afford for now. We also have no vehicle of our own. We are homeschooling independently, meaning no school providers to enroll instead we opt to do it via DepEd ALS (Alternative Learning System) when they turn 12yo for elementary graduation. They are all homeschooled since birth. I call them 4MS: Marco, Martina, Margaret, and Marzel. I declared that 4MS will be meek, mighty, meticulous, and masters. As you can see from our photos, we are grateful for everything we are doing though it may be too hard for some because we rent a house that has holes in the roof, we commute using jeepneys instead of having our own vehicle. Daddy Enzo and I take turns in teaching, and my kids do household chores as part of their training for life skills. This is not the usual lifestyle of a homeschooling family here in the Philippines. As an intentional parenting and homeschooling advocate, I launched our FB Page in 2018. Our FB Page shows our everyday hustle, it is called 4Ms Sulit-Tipid Homeschooling PH. With the FB Page, we also made our FB Group called Sulit-Tipid at Pinoy Homeschooling (STPH). We help Filipinos build their families today so that they can homeschool and help build a better Philippines. We organize playdates, and field trips, started the first homeschooling online summit in 2019 (annual summit), and online/one-on-one training for parents.




Wednesday, April 26

Life is full of surprises. I am now admitted to Room 361-1D of the Philippine Heart Center. A semi-private room with telemetry that monitors my heart. Last Wednesday, April 26 when I decided to go to the ER of Mandaluyong City Medical Center (MCMC) around 2:30 pm. My work ended at 4:00 am (PH Time) so the usual grind of laundry while I teach my 4Ms begins. I also cleaned up the room that has a hole in the roof until 9 am. I woke up at 12nn because of my chest pains, my heart beating so fast. I did my breathing exercises but to my surprise, it is not effective. This is my first time having these fast palpitations. It is so fast that when I checked the clock again, it is 2:00 pm and still not responding to all my inhales, and exhales. It has been two hours that my heart is beating fast. I started having palpitations when I was 11yo in school. I just did breathing exercises, prayer, and reading to let it go away. At 15mins tops, it is gone. However, with what I am dealing with now, I know it is different. I decided to stand up but lo and behold, my vision became dark. I was thinking, if this is my migraine with aura, flashes of light will appear. I already managed to live with migraine with aura by counting steps when I am blind. But with what is happening, I know it is different. There were no flashes of lights. I felt dizzy, my shoulders were so heavy, chest pains, and my neck is starting to freeze especially my jaw. My daughter, Martina helped me to go to the bathroom to pee. Marco got my phone. I transferred my last 2,000Php to GrabPay thinking that after ER I will just go home and buy medicines. I booked a Grab car immediately. Grab car came earlier, I just went in and it was a miracle even that my travel to MCMC is only 30 minutes. I started praying inside the Grab, “Is this it, Lord? Is this my end game? I will be happy to see you. I am very tired but how about my 4 kids? Is it enough already? How about my husband? Is my time really up?” I finally arrived at MCMC. My brother is waiting, he is working in the hospital as a registered Physical Therapist. I cannot hear everyone. I cannot speak. My chest hurts so much. My shoulders are like drooping heavily. I was just stunned when the alarm goes on and I was in the wheelchair having an IV, the nurse connecting wires for ECG. The emergency room was full. There is no available bed. The ventilation sucks because the aircon is turned on but the windows were open. The smell of pee, medicines, and even vomit is present in the emergency room. You must bring your own foam or mat to sleep on. It was very hot. All your worries with sweat dripping on you will make you reflect on what is life. Finally, they gave me medicine to chew, a medicine to put under my tongue, plenty of tablets to swallow, and a very painful vaccination for my tummy but given first in my left shoulder. They also got different blood examinations. I was also tested for Covid with antigen. I am also hooked up with a monitor that shows my heart rate. My brother has to attend to his patients. I asked him to get my laptop in Laguna so I can still work on my shift. The nurse informed me that I must be in Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Then a Cardio doctor informed me that I must be transferred to PHC, Philippine Heart Center because I had a heart attack.


Thursday, April 27

I am still in a wheelchair and waiting for a room. I still cannot believe it. I did not know that our family has a history of that disease. The hospital had a lot of positive Covid patients so getting a room is impossible. I asked my Dad if he can help me be in PHC so we can get the right medication and rest. With the scorching heat of the sun, patients complain everywhere… I am just so grateful to all the nurses and doctors who helped me at MCMC. They did their best on whatever available resources they got. In the afternoon, the fellow brods of my Dad in the Upsilon Sigma Phi responded fast. Doc Gene Tiongco ‘2020 and Doc Alan Austriatico ’86 looked for a doctor at Philippine Heart Center. Through them, Doc Andre Cifra’s med school classmate is Doc FC Fernandez who became my attending physician. The ER to ER transfer to Philippine Heart Center became successful at 9:30 pm.



Friday, April 28

I spent the whole early morning in the ER of PHC in a wheelchair. The frequent chest pains, and increasing heart rate still haunts me. I was tested with the rod for Covid. They also got my blood for a series of tests. They were all very kind to me. I was transferred in Room 301 with telemetry. Finally, I was able to lie down on a bed. I got my 2D echo and different medicines were given to me.


Saturday, April 29

The results of my 2D Echo came. I am diagnosed with a rare disease called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPWS). It is a special form of SVT. I need to undergo a procedure called Radio Frequency Ablation as early as possible. My doctors are Dr. FC Fernandez and Dra. Eden Gabriel.

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I fervently hope for your benevolent hearts to help us.

If you have been touched by our story, you may send your love gifts/donations to the following bank accounts:

Sincerely Yours,

Michelle Bernice S. Basilides-Garcia


Organizer

  • Gaudioso Lorenzo Ma Joseph VII Garcia

Donors

  • Loida Austria
  • Donated on Aug 04, 2023
₱500.00
  • rey olivera
  • Donated on May 30, 2023
  • JESUS CHRIST is our GREAT Physician, trust His divine intervention and Have faith in His miracle - ate Malou

₱1500.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on May 22, 2023
  • Get well soon Mommy Bernice. You are a strong woman because you are anchored on God. Can't wait to hear your miraculous healing testimony sis

₱3000.00
Sep 25

UPDATE: August 29, 2023

Update posted by Gaudioso Lorenzo Ma Joseph VII Garcia at 08:59 pm

We are thanking God for one of our answered prayers - GMA Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko was able to film our episode last July 15. I know God will touch hearts that can help us in this journey.

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Sep 25

UPDATE: August 5, 2023

Update posted by Gaudioso Lorenzo Ma Joseph VII Garcia at 08:52 pm

Finally, we are able to get a smaller oxygen tank that we can use for traveling. We also have to get a new regulator, a heavy-duty one that gives a better transmission of air. Maraming salamat po, much appreciated thank you to all of you who keep on supporting and

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Sep 25

UPDATE: July 15, 2023

Update posted by Gaudioso Lorenzo Ma Joseph VII Garcia at 08:49 pm

We are grateful for your immediate response and help. This oxygen tank saved Bernz when there was a power outage. The battery of her oxygenator can only last for 2 hours. Her medication every month is a blessing - with God's grace, we are able to buy it with your

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Sep 25

UPDATE: May 18, 2023

Update posted by Gaudioso Lorenzo Ma Joseph VII Garcia at 05:39 pm

Your donations gave us these medical pieces of equipment to give Bernice a chance to live again. Her daily life had drastic changes because of her dependence on her new oxygenator. We also got her a battery to make it easier for her in case an emergency arises and travel

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Sep 22

UPDATE: May 13, 2023 - Discharged to go home.

Update posted by Gaudioso Lorenzo Ma Joseph VII Garcia at 10:06 am

Both of us decided to let her sign the hospital waiver so that we could be discharged to go home. Maraming salamat po talaga sa mga naunang tulong na ipinadala nyo po sa amin. Natatakot din po kasi kami that the hosp bills would pile up excluding the operation. The. . . . .

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Donors & Comments

12 donors
  • Loida Austria
  • Donated on Aug 04, 2023
₱500.00
  • rey olivera
  • Donated on May 30, 2023
  • JESUS CHRIST is our GREAT Physician, trust His divine intervention and Have faith in His miracle - ate Malou

₱1500.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on May 22, 2023
  • Get well soon Mommy Bernice. You are a strong woman because you are anchored on God. Can't wait to hear your miraculous healing testimony sis

₱3000.00
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  • Guest
  • Donated on May 15, 2023
₱2000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 15, 2023
₱5000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 15, 2023
₱1000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 14, 2023
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 13, 2023
₱1500.00
  • Jasmine Brizuela
  • Donated on May 13, 2023
  • Keep up the good work, Ate! Hoping you’ll be feeling better in no time! ❤️ We love you!

₱3000.00
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₱28,500
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12 Donors

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