My brother, Mark Anthony Seriña, 32 years old, was initially diagnosed with sepsis from cellulitis last November 10, 2018. He was hospitalized for 11 days and was advised to continue his medication at home. We religiously followed the instructions for his home medication. We were even advised by one of his doctors that his cellulitis has a good healing. However, on December 3, 2018, Mark complained that the pain on his lower leg is unbearable and he already lost lots of blood. So we rushed him to the hospital. They then conducted new sets of laboratory tests. We were told that the latest diagnosis is Necrotizing fasciitis - a soft tissue infection which destroys the muscles and tissues beneath the skin. It is mostly caused by streptococcus - a flesh eating bacteria. The doctors immediately scheduled debridement to remove the dead tissues caused by the infection. After the surgery, we were told that it is best if his lower leg will be amputated to stop the infection since the bacteria is flesh eating and it has already eaten most parts of his lower leg. However, we were hesitant to proceed since my brother is undergoing hemodialysis. He has End State Renal Disease or Kidney failure and has been on dialysis for two years already. If his lower leg will be amputated, he can no longer go back to work and it is very difficult for us to manage our finances for his dialysis which is three times a week and costs around Php5000 per session including his injection for his erethropoietin - a hormone originally produced by the kidneys which helps in the production of red blood cells. So, we looked for another option, we were referred to an orthopedic surgeon and he introduced Vacuum Assisted Closure - a kind of procedure which helps to heal the wound faster and can help to stop another infection to occur. It costs Php5000 per week. And on the wound of Mark, it would take more time before we stop the VAC as per his doctor. His kidney failure also gives complication to the problem since his hemoglobin is dropping because of the infection. We already transfused a total of 16 units of blood. Per unit of blood, we are paying for the crossmatching, blood processing and blood screening which costs around Php5000. On top of that we are also spending so much on his antibiotics. He has a total of four antibiotics - vancomycin, vicocyd, dalacin c and meromax. As of the moment, he is still being treated in the hospital. Friends and family already shared for the expenses and since it has been more than a month already that we are battling his illness our resources has been depleted already. His partial bill is around Php250,000 already. And we need more funds to continue his hemodialysis treatment, VAC therapy and he is also scheduled to have a skin grafting after two months and it would cost between Php75,000-Php135,000.
We are knocking on your kind hearts to help us continue this fight. Mark is very hopeful that we will win this. He is very eager to be better for his family specially for his five year old daughter who still needs him. We thank you in advance for those who will be helping us. And we pray that you will continue to be blessed.