On a normal day, Yves goes to work and spends time with friends after, much like any of us. On weekends, he likes to play basketball or visit his girlfriend in Manila. To friends and loved ones, Yves is the hardworking yet fun guy, their go-to person for drinks and a good conversation. To some of you this may seem trivial, something that’s not out of the ordinary, but these are the things we often take for granted. Yves is a good friend, a boyfriend, a loving & responsible son, and so much more. These simple things are what makes his life worth living and what keeps him going.
On September 6, 2019, Yves was rushed to the hospital when he experienced an intense migraine. Once checked by the doctors, it was discovered that he had developed an Intracerebral Abscess which was causing him unbearable pain. They tried antibiotics, but soon found out that he would be needing surgery. He underwent a procedure called Right Parieto-Occipital Craniotomy the next day after he was admitted. The brain abscess was successfully extracted and he was sent to the ICU. Although, his responsiveness started to decline. After a CT Scan, it was discovered that he had developed Hydrocephalus which is an excess of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain that increases pressure within the head. They did a Ventriculostomy to drain the excess fluid and to decrease the pressure.
After two weeks in the ICU, his condition was not improving as the doctors hoped and his intraventricular catheter (IVC) had to be replaced with a Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt which is a long-term solution since his IVC was prone to infection after a certain amount of time. Following this, a tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube had to be put in because both his initial tubing were only temporary. As of now, this is the last of Yves’ procedures, however he has developed a recurring fever and is still under observation of the doctors. He is currently staying in a ward and cannot be transferred to a regular room unless his balance is settled.
As part of his recovery, he would need to undergo extensive therapy even after he gets out of the hospital as he is having difficulties in moving the lower half of his body. With this on top of his continuously increasing hospital bills which has amounted to almost PHP 2,000,000.00 or around $39,000.00, it has been hard for his family to cover the charges. We are humbly appealing to your kind hearts for any help you can give. Given the amount that we have to raise, we have a long way to go, but with your contributions we can help Yves and his family get back on their feet little by little. Prayers are also very much appreciated.
No one could’ve seen this coming, much less been ready to face all this, but throughout everything, Yves has been a fighter. He is staying strong and is continuing to heal. Yves is still so young and has his whole future ahead of him. His story does not end here. Let’s all help him on his road to recovery. In no time, Yves will surely be back to enjoying his normal daily life. Thank you for taking the time to get to know Yves and his story. We cannot express how grateful we are for your support, even by just sharing this you are already making a big contribution.
To Yves, we are all here for you.
For those living in the Philippines and want to send help directly, you can deposit through:
BPI Savings Account: 5366 3100 04 - May A. Napeñas
BDO Savings Account: 001820596050 - Ivan A. Napeñas