Help me with my Gallbladder Surgery
Hello, my name is Kristel Carol Mercado, 27 years old, and currently living in Antipolo City. Last February 19, 2019, I was sent to the ER of UERM in V.Mapa, Manila because of severe abdominal pains. Originally, I thought that it was due to constipation since I also have issues with my bowel movement. Around 5pm of the same day, my physician ordered some tests to check the cause of my illness.
On the afternoon of February 20, 2019, my physician found out that the reason I had severe upper right abdominal pains, jaundice, and fever was due to ascending cholangitis (inflammation of the bile duct) and cholecystolithiasis (gallbladder stone). For 4 days, I was confined at the hospital because I needed treatment to prevent the spread of infection.
At that time, I was still a student of UE Manila so majority of the treatment and my hospital board were free of charge. I was only asked to pay for my ultrasound and MRCP because they told me that those three diagnostic procedures were not covered by the university benefits.
As summary of my MRCP, the test showed that because of my gallbladder stone, I have a pancreatitis, contracted gallbladder with 1.1 cm stone and minimal perisplenic ascites.
Based from ultrasound, the test showed that I have hepatic fibrosis and gallstone.
My laboratory results also revealed my liver's poor performance. Upon my confinement on February 19th, my SGOT was 331Iu/L and SGPT was 484 Iu/L both were beyond the normal range. The second test conducted on the 21st of February, my SGOT went down to 125 Iu/L while my SGPT went down to 333 Iu/L which was lower than the first but still way beyond the normal range which 10-30 Iu/L for SGOT and 6-37 Iu/L for SGPT.
Setting aside these whole bunch of findings and medical terms, I am writing this letter to you to ask for help. My doctor told me that in order to prevent further complications and organ damage especially in the liver, I need to undergo cholecystectomy or the permanent removal of my gallbladder. I have been discharged from since February 23, 2019 but my doctor advised me to return for cholecystectomy after graduation. Supposedly, he advised me to undergo surgery within 24 hours to remove my gallbladder, however, due to my lack of funds, I was unable to get the surgery.
For some people, gallstone and gallbladder issues do not pose any problem but for me, it is. Part of the reason why I did not have the surgery even now is because of the lack of funds. When I was a student, I get my allowance by writing or teaching students. However, that is not enough for me to save money. My family due to financial reasons also do not have health insurance because our small sari-sari store is not doing well due to inflation. My family also helped my finance my education which is also one of the reason why our finances are not that good.
Our relatives managed to procure a very small amount to help me pay my medicines and my tuition fees. I am already graduating this April 25th and therefore, I need to settle my fees to avoid graduation delays.
Through this letter, I seek help from you kind people who might accidentally stumble on my fundraiser page. I did not have the surgery yet to permanently remove my gallbladder which is why even at the time I am writing this, I experience occasional pain in the upper right quadrant of my tummy; sometimes from there, it spreads to my back and sometimes radiates on my upper left quadrant. There are also times where I suffer from hyperacidity and terrible pains especially when I am stressed or forgot to eat meals on time.
Please help me fund my surgery; after graduation, I originally planned to look for work immediately to help my parents. Unfortunately, I became ill and although I receive job interviews and offers, I was turned down because I am ill. This recent March 25th, I received a job offer from a call center but because of shifting schedule, the possibility that I won't be able to eat on time, and my sickness, they turned me down because they knew I might have trouble with my health later on.
Please help me, I want to get well soon. I want to help my family who stuck with me through thick and thin. My mother currently have cataracts and she cannot see well; I want to get a job soon so I can pay for her surgery. My father is growing old too. I want to help secure their future which is why I need to get laparoscopic cholecystectomy ASAP to prevent infection. Although I have savings, I am afraid that I need to pay for hospital bills, medicine, doctor's fees, other diagnostics etc. that might be required. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy costs 45,000 alone excluding the doctor's fees which is why I am desperate to procure funds.
To be honest, I have so many things to say but this letter is getting long and I currently have mild pains. Please help me get the surgery. I am not a scam, I promise to give updates regarding my surgery, situation, etc. Upon request, I can upload my medical findings from UERM to justify my case. Thank you so much for reading my letter and helping me. I truly appreciate it.