Cirene is just 27. A first-time mom, a loving daughter, a hardworking government employee. She was diagnosed with Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).
On November 23, 2019, 36-weeks pregnant Cirene, was immediately admitted to Dr. Jesus Delgado Hospital in QC due to the severe drop in hemoglobin and platelets count. She has undergone blood transfusion and her OB decided to perform Emergency Cesarean Section (ECS) because the heart rate of the baby was also dropping. The baby was safely delivered on November 24, 2019 but has to stay in NICU. Baby Boy Seve has to be separated from his mom to allow her full recovery. Initial tests suggest that new-mom Cirene might have HELLP Syndrome or Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).
As of writing, it was confirmed that she has the rare-blood disorder called Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).
In TTP, blood clots form in small blood vessels throughout the body.
The clots can limit or block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the body's organs, such as the brain, kidneys, and heart. As a result, serious health problems can develop. (https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura)
The new mom, unable to breastfeed her little one and have not even got a glimpse of him, is fighting for her life. In order to survive, she must undergo PLASMA EXCHANGE. This morning she was transferred to St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City for her to undergo the necessary treatments. Each session of Plasma Exchange in the hospital costs 200,000 pesos or roughly around 4,000 USD. She has suffered stroke and will undergo the first session today. No one knows how many sessions she will require for full recovery. The costs has already piled up and will just continue to skyrocket.
To add up, while she is undergoing treatment at St. Luke's, the baby is stii at NICU of Dr. Jesus Delgado Hospital in QC. Her friends are also seeking breastmilk donations for faster recovery of baby.
Mommy Cirene and Baby needs our help.
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)"
I always believe that God will provide. And it will be through you - through your help. Any amount will go a long way and no donation is too small.
Thank you for your willingness to help. God bless you!
Update: As of November 29, 2019
She has undergone 1st session of plasmapherisis. Still waiting and praying that she'll soon open her eyes. The doctors said she is in very critical condition with 50% chance of survival. A narrowing of blood vessels to the brain was observed. Also as of 12 midnight, her hemoglobin dropped from 7 to 4.6 while plateles increased from 10000 to 13000. Pls continue praying for her.
Update: As of November 30, 2019
Her hemoglobin and platelet counts have improved - from 4.6 to 7.2 and 13000 to 76000, repectively. The baby is well and just needs to continue his antibiotics till the last dose on Sunday. Mommy's condition has improved as she has started responding to his husband's voice. She's starting to slowly open her eyes and move her fingers. Praise God! Pls continue praying for her and baby.
Update: As of December 1, 2019 7:15 AM
Her hemoglobin dropped to 6.4 g/dl, way below the normal. Her platelets also dropped to 39000 which is also below the normal reference interval. Although mommy Ci is now fully conscious and can respond through a minimal movements like nod and wave. Her hands were restrained most of the time due to attempts of removing her mechanical ventilator.
Update: As of December 1, 2019 7:03 PM
Hemoglobin and platelet count has increased to 7.4 g/dl and 45000 /mm3. Ci can now talk, although difficult due to the still attached ventilator for her breathing support. She uses pen and paper to communicate. Praise God for the improvement! We also had a chance to talk with one of her doctors - the respiratory specialist. He said that they will slowly reduce the work of the mechanical ventilator. By the time that she can breathe on her own, it will be removed. Hopefully tomorrow!
Update: As of Deccember 2, 2019
Her husband sent me photos of the change in the plasma that was exchanged from her blood. See photos below. God is amazing! Please continue praying. Today, she just finished her 4th session of plasmapherisis.
Plasma removed from the 1st session of Plasmapherisis.
2nd session of Plasmapherisis
3rd Session of Plasmapherisis
4th Session of Plasmapherisis
Update: As of December 3, 2019
Mommy Ci is fighting. She writes to communicate. She can now sms with help of husband.
The current hospital bill has reached 1.4 Million pesos excluding professional fees. The hospital is already requiring the family to settle 75%. We're afraid that treatment will stop unless we don't reach the amount. So we're hoping you could help.