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My name is Gil Carandang. I am an organic farmer and sustainable agriculture advocate, and teacher. I do not have enough resources to take care of my son...we make our money from the produce we are able to grow on our humble farm. Thus, I appeal for your kind financial support and prayers.
My 35-year old son Gian was on his way home, riding in tandem with a friend on a motorbike. While in one of the barrios, two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle opened fire at them. While his friend was able to jump and run, one of the bullets hit Gian’s spine.
Gian was operated on for the gunshot, and was in the ICU for four days at CP Reyes Hospital, Tanaun City. He was moved to another hospital for a spine operation. The doctor is optimistic that, with lots of therapy, he may be able to use his legs.
However, the bullet has damaged one of his ureters, and a stent was placed to enable the urine to drain. At the moment, he is unable to control both his urine and bowel movements. Despite the operation, his severed ureter is not draining properly. According to the doctor, another operation may have to be done to fix this, followed by more therapy.
I am appealing to my friends, family, and fellow organic farming enthusiasts for prayers and financial help. Gian worked with me on the land, and helped others establish their own organic farms. On weekends, he made the hours-long drive to the city of Makati to sell our produce at the Salcedo Market.
Please...help heal my son.
- Gil Carandang
- Campaign Owner
Gian is home, and paralyzedUpdate posted by Gil Carandang at 12:06 pm
Gian is finally home. He is still paralyzed from the waist down, and his legs are skin and bone. He still cannot control his bowel and urine movements. He continues to suffer from nerve pains, and needs to undergo physical therapy. Please continue to pray for him. Financial help is
Surgery successful!Update posted by Gil Carandang at 06:59 am
The surgery last Wednesday went well. Doctors had to cut out 15cm of large intestine, and reconnect. There were some ulcers, but hopefully these will heal with antibiotics.
WANTED: Blood DonorsUpdate posted by Gil Carandang at 11:34 pm
We need blood donors--ALL BLOOD TYPES ACCEPTED--or Gian's operation tomorrow. If you are willing to share your good health with us, please go to the 7th Floor, nurse's station at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH, Manila Astral Tower, 1730 Taft Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila) for a donor slip.
Cause of bleeding, foundUpdate posted by Gil Carandang at 02:11 am
Doctors have finally determined the cause of bleeding: a bacterial infection, found on his severed intestines (which were originally operated on due to the gunshot.) He is still in much pain. He still has bloody stools, due to said infection. Doctors have no decided yet whether or not to open
Internal bleeding, and new infectionUpdate posted by Gil Carandang at 06:35 am
Gian is back in the ICU...again. He has had on and off fever for the past few days, due to an infection that doctors have yet to diagnose. His hemoglobin count is still low, with bloody stools caused by internal bleeding. He had another blood transfusion again yesterday. Please continue
Back in the ICUUpdate posted by Gil Carandang at 09:40 am
Gian is back again in icu. He has low blood pressure, and his hemoglobin count keeps getting lower, despite several units of blood tranfusion. Condition is unstable. Please continue praying for him.
Right kidney is goneUpdate posted by Gil Carandang at 03:19 am
Gian had his operation yesterday morning, and unfortunately, the doctors were unable to save his ureter. Rather than install a permanent "drain," his doctors decided to remove his right kidney, which was attached to the severed ureter. Despite losing one of his kidneys, Gian is in good spirits. Hopefully, there
Update on OperationUpdate posted by Gil Carandang at 01:31 pm
Gian will undergo an operation on his ureter tomorrow, Sept. 27, at 9am. We are all praying that it is not severely damaged. If not, his right kidney may be removed. Your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated!
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