₱29,500Donated So Far
22 June 2021
After receiving treatment for a month in the intensive care unit of the Metro Antipolo Hospital and Medical Center due to stroke and pneumonia, our Mama Elvira was finally transferred to the Lung Center of the Philippines on 31 May 2021. She was discharged from the Metro Antipolo Hospital by means of a promissory note because we can no longer afford to pay her remaining bill amounting to Php 375,000 (the overall bill is around Php 1M). We are currently processing applications for government medical assistance and exploring other means to help cover the balance in the first hospital.
(You can read Mama Elvira's battle against pneumonia and stroke on the previous campaign updates or click here.)
On her first week in the Lung Center of the Philippines, she had a tracheostomy operation which created a tube insertion in the neck to help her breathe better. Liquid from her lungs also accumulated and has been treated. She also needed a blood transfusion due to low hemoglobin level. A week ago, we finally learned from the biopsy and latest CT scan results the main reason for her difficulties in overall recovery and it is a diagnosis our family did not expect - Mama Elvira has pulmonary adenocarcinoma or Lung Cancer, Stage 4.
Because of her age and condition, aggressive treatments such as chemo and radiation are no longer advisable. Our family decided to go for palliative treatment which focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with terminal or serious illnesses. We intend to bring her home as soon as possible where we can continue her palliative care and spend quality time with her.
Unfortunately, she cannot be discharged from the hospital unless we settle our obligation amounting to around Php 400,000 as of June 21. On top of the growing hospital charges, we also spend around Php 5,000 - Php 10,000 daily for her potent medications and supplies.
Our combined family funds have already been depleted with our over-a-month-long hospital ordeal. And as much as we want to give the best care for our Mama Elvira, we can no longer sustain the daily medical expenses and we are running out of means to source the funds.
Once more, we are humbly knocking on your hearts to help Mama Elvira and our family in this trying time. Your financial support will help us bring Mama Elvira home as she continues palliative care at home with her family.
Thank you. Our family will never forget your kindness. We hope to repay you in other ways when we get back on our feet.
God bless and stay safe!
- Dexter Gamboa
- Campaign Owner
15 May 2021Update posted by Dexter Gamboa at 03:14 pm
(This covers updates from May 13-15, 2021.)Mama Elvira cannot sustain normal breathing without the BiPAP machine.After multiple tests for several days, the attending pulmonologist concludes that she is already a carbon dioxide retainer which results in chronic breathing difficulty. Her breathing would need to be supported by the BiPAP machine. . . . .
12 May 2021Update posted by Dexter Gamboa at 05:44 am
(This covers updates from May 10-12, 2021.)Mama Elvira has been improving steadily as noted by the attending pulmonologist. However, she still depends on ventilator support but will be attempted to get weaned off again today. If vital signs stay normal, she may be transferred to a regular room.They found excess. . . . .
9 May 2021Update posted by Dexter Gamboa at 02:18 pm
Today (Mother's Day) is Mama Elvira's 7th day in the ICU and 9th day in the hospital. She is mostly awake during the day. The doctor noted that this is a good sign. Another chest x-ray will be performed to further assess the status of her pneumonia. Her last chest. . . . .
8 May 2021Update posted by Dexter Gamboa at 02:03 pm
Mama Elvira's intubation has been removed but her breathing remains to be supported by a Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP) machine. Unfortunately, her carbon dioxide level increased again and she may have to be reintubated if this remains elevated.New antibiotics were prescribed for the staphylococcal bacteria found in her sputum.. . . . .
7 May 2021Update posted by Dexter Gamboa at 02:11 pm
Mama Elvira's condition continues to improve. Today, she requested the daily newspaper and a thick sweater. She communicates to the nurses by writing. The attending physician is currently trying to wean her off completely from the ventilator. As of 8:30 PM, she has managed to breathe on her own for. . . . .
6 May 2021Update posted by Dexter Gamboa at 11:29 am
Mama Elvira is still weak but her progress is steady. Her dependence on ventilator support was further decreased today.On our 7th day in the hospital, our running bill has reached around Php 300,000 (after the senior citizen discount).After only two days, our second Php 50,000 deposit was all spent. A. . . . .
5 May 2021Update posted by Dexter Gamboa at 09:19 am
Mama Elvira's condition is stable.Her chest x-ray results showed signs of clearing of pneumonia. However, other x-ray findings require further tests that cannot be performed yet at this point due to her condition.She is gradually being weaned out from ventilator support.She is still intubated and her oral nutrition is supported
4 May 2021Update posted by Dexter Gamboa at 01:36 pm
Mama Elvira's infection levels in the body have gone down overall. She is improving steadily. Her potassium level is still low but this is being managed by medications.She is responsive despite being intubated.She also had another chest x-ray to evaluate the status of her pneumonia. Results will be available tomorrow.. . . . .
3 May 2021Update posted by Dexter Gamboa at 01:35 pm
Mama Elvira's condition has stabilized.Her vital signs are now all normal. These include blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and body temperature. She is lucid and responds with gestures to nurses' instructions. She is still being treated with potent antibiotics for her pneumonia and medications for stroke. An
2 May 2021Update posted by Dexter Gamboa at 01:33 pm
Mama Elvira's swab test result came out NEGATIVE. She is now transferred to a non-covid/clean ICU.Her carbon dioxide level in the blood has normalized. (This was at critical levels yesterday.)Her pneumonia is being managed by medications.Her stroke can be managed by medications too because they found no blood clot in. . . . .