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Call this a project of hope; of love; of life.
July 13, 2020 - After 6 years of marriage, my sister, Sarah Jane (Jen2x) Atillo-Ygot and brother-in-law, Diomar Ygot are finally blessed with not just 1 child, but two. Yes, twins - answered prayers, Amelia Gabrielle (Gabi) and Eliana Danielle (Dani)! But just like any other twin monochorionic pregnancies plus a partial septate in the uterus, there were complications. Gabi was born a healthy little girl, complete and whole but our precious Dani, a tiny miracle warrior who fought for survival, was born unique.
Dani's left arm had not fully developed and had stopped growing along with two missing fingers, while Jen2x was still conceiving her. Her arm is and remains to be an anomaly, because of the lack of blood flow to the tissue which occurs during the first few weeks of development. She was also born with multiple congenital anomalies, including a medical condition called PDA (Patent ductus arteriosus), in which the ductus arteriosus fails to close after birth. This allows a portion of oxygenated blood from the left heart to flow back to the lungs by flowing from the aorta, which has a higher pressure to the pulmonary artery.
Our miracle baby was born weighing only 1,480 grams. A month after, she gained an extra 170 grams but stopped gaining after more than two (2) months. Her pediatrician knew it had something to do with her PDA. Yes, her PDA had not closed causing her not to gain weight. Her case is categorized as heart failure and the only option we have is for her to immediately undergo PDA ligation, a closed heart surgery to close the blood vessel with stitches or clips. Estimated cost is +/- $11,000.00 (or Php530,000.00).
October 15, 2020 - Dani had her follow-up check-up with her pediatrician and a repeat 2D echo was done to check her PDA. It was shown that there has been an enlargement of her heart, specifically on the left side and her PDA has grown from 0.22mm to 0.45mm, that if left untreated within weeks, can be fatal. With this, the operation needs to be performed with urgency. Post Dani's surgery, she will need to be placed at the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) until recovery, which can potentially last weeks.
I, as Dani's aunt, am setting up this fundraiser of hope, love, and life to help Jen2x and Diomar save our little warrior. We are desperate to gather enough funds and resources to have the operation done for Dani the soonest. Most of her parent's savings have already been consumed during delivery via C-section plus post expenses as the twins needed to stay at the hospital and be incubated for weeks. With a heavy heart, we are touching and knocking on your kind hearts to help us. Please, please help Dani live longer. We know she will grow up to be one feisty, confident, smart, and loving girl who will touch other people's lives. She may only be 42 cm who weighs 1,550 grams and has been in this world for 3+ months, but she sure is larger than life, who's heavily occupied our hearts for a lifetime, more than anyone can imagine.
A little will go a long way....
Lastly, please pray for our Dani and for the family that we may weather this storm. We are virtually sending you love and light.
We shall keep you posted as things progress.
PS: My sister and brother-in-law will be managing the donations in their Paypal account through gofetfunding.com. You may also choose to send the funds directly to the couple's BPI savings account:
Account Name: Diomar A. Ygot
Account No.: 911-9311-028
Update as of November 28, 2020Update posted by Barbara Atillo at 02:42 pm
A week after admission at Philippine Heart Center, our little Dani is now discharged and will be heading home to Cebu by tomorrow. Consider her PDA closed and her heart functioning as normal with evident improvements. Though naa pay leakage ang device, let us hope and pray that it will. . . . .
Update as of November 24, 2020Update posted by Barbara Atillo at 02:39 pm
Healing and Recovery in the Time of COVID. Would normally start this trail with the usual "Update as of (date)" but I think it should go beyond just the regular status reports. In fact, I want to paint the story of a little miracle on earth who's only 4 months. . . . .
Update as of November 2, 2020Update posted by Barbara Atillo at 01:22 am
Eliana's hospital admission has not gone to waste even though the PDA ligation has not been pushed through, as of yet. First off, she was given 4 aliquots of packed RBC and was treated for her anemia. Secondly, a work up was done for her endocrine because of several episodes. . . . .
Update as of October 30, 2020Update posted by Barbara Atillo at 12:34 am
Yesterday, the 29th, was by far the most difficult for us. A 2nd attempt to perform the intubation process and the PDA operation, together with Cebu's top anesthesiologists and heart doctors, went on for more than 3 hours to no avail. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful because the 2.5mm tube is. . . . .
Update as of October 28, 2020Update posted by Barbara Atillo at 02:58 pm
Dani's heart rate and sugar levels have been normalized. She has been given clearance for intubation in line with her scheduled operation tomorrow. We pray for this to be a success, resulting to a speedy recovery with no complications. May He guide the doctors, nurses and entire medical team in
Update as of October 26, 2020Update posted by Barbara Atillo at 06:09 am
The scheduled operation this morning did not push through as it took almost two (2) hours for Dani's doctors to insert the tube for intubation, given that she has an extremely tiny airway. The surgeon advised not to force it after three (3) attempts as it might cause swelling in. . . . .
Update as of October 23, 2020Update posted by Barbara Atillo at 03:07 pm
Eliana and her parents have been given clearance for hospital admission post COVID-19 swab testing (all negative!). Our little angel is scheduled for PDA ligation surgery on Monday, October 26, 2020. Currently, she is undergoing a series of tests and bloodwork. Strongly praying for a successful procedure. You got this,