Hi, my name is Edwin P. Sallan, a journalist currently residing in Parañaque City.
On January 9, 2019, I will have the first of possibly a series of orthopedic surgeries at the Philippine Orthopedic Center in Quezon City to address what doctors there found to be Osteomyelitis, a debilitating bone infection disease that has developed in my left elbow which I fractured and was initially operated on last September.
While the surgery and professional services at POC is free, I will personally have to shoulder other expenses like the antibiotic beads (P28,000), new metal plates and screws (P110,000 as quoted by the third party supplier) to replace the infected hardware on my arm (second surgery) that will be removed and other implants as my POC surgeon will deem necessary.
The subsequent surgery will also involve bone grafting or autograft to replace the damaged bone or dead space in my arm with another bone from my body as well as eventual repair and reconstruction of my fractured elbow. Blood transfusion may also be necessary depending on how my body responds during surgery.
More importantly, intravenous (IV) antibiotics will have to be administered to me daily as an outpatient (not covered by the hospital) for a period of three to six weeks. I will have to shoulder the cost of these IV antibiotics which my doctor said will cost around P1,000 plus per dosage. And it's possible that I may need to be treated with more than one kind of antibiotic. By my estimate, I would probably need between P50,000 to P90,000 to cover my IV antibiotic therapy.
The IV antibiotics will also have to be administered by a nurse every single day so I also have to pay for the service,
This is also not counting the pain killers that will be prescribed to me during my recovery period. Plus I will also need additional funds for my eventual post-operative physical therapy (at around P2,000 per session for three times a week) that will take at least four to six weeks to regain motion and function of my left arm.
Since my initial and now ultimately failed surgery to repair my broken elbow at a private hospital has drained me of my savings, I am now having subsequent procedures done at POC, a government hospital. Nonetheless, there are still expenses and meds that I need to personally shoulder that I simply cannot afford.
Since the whole process will likely sideline me for at least the first quarter of the year (maybe longer), it will also hamper my ability to work and earn income on a regular basis as I can only work from home. By my own estimate, I would most likely need between P300,000 to P400,000 to get me through this episode in the coming months, maybe more if further surgeries (hopefully not) will be needed down the road.
I now have a Person with Disability (PWD) card that could help in securing discounts for some but maybe not all of these costs (not with the implants I recently learned) but my PhilHealth Informal Economy membership has only been paid for less than the nine months now required by law to avail of coverage. Even with these benefits, there are still numerous costs that need to be covered.
I now appeal to your kind heart not only for your prayers for also for whatever financial assistance you can extend to me. Preferably you may send your donations thru my local bank at BDO Savings Account No. 5310710826 (Edwin Sallan).
Thank you very much and God bless.
UPDATE: Surgery last January 9 was a success. My left elbow has been implanted with Gentamicin antibiotic beads and I was administered with Cefazolin during my 7-day stay at the hospital. However, no bacterial growth has been observed in my blood culture so I was sent home with a 14-day course on oral Clyndamicin. I am not out of the woods by any means, though. My second surgery is tentatively scheduled for February 14, Valentine’s Day in which I will have bone graft where bones taken from my hips will be used to fill the dead spaces in my left elbow. Also, I will be implanted with new metal plates and screws, the price of which was quoted to me to be P110,000. So I still need help in this regard.