Our daughter Zia, was born on November 1, 2018 and was diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease one week after, on her postnatal checkup. Further examinations showed that she had open holes in her heart, medically termed as PDA and VSD and another abnormal artery that made it difficult for her blood to pass through. So she technically had 3 heart concerns.
We consulted several doctors for an expert's advice and we were told that an immediate surgery was needed because of her condition, otherwise it will affect her growth and would be more dangerous for her as she grows older. She could be prone to different sickness and her other organs might be affected.
We decided to give the surgery a go, knowing that this was the best option for her because as parents we want her to grow normal as the other kids.
More than the financial woes because of the expensive operation and limited budget, it is the scary feeling of having our daughter undergo a major surgery at a very young age that kept us worried and stressed days and night. As father I would really cry inside whenever I carry her in my arms, whenever I see her smiling at me, whenever I see her happy and excited to see me. It was always a mixed of joy and pain, knowing that in few weeks/months she would undergo a painful operation.
On her 6th month and 7 days, May 8, 2019, we entrusted her to the best doctors of the Philippine Heart Center and to the greatest Doctor Above.
After few hours in the O.R, she was brought to the Surgical ICU unconscious and sleeping. Operation was successful, her heart was finally fixed but she needed to be taken cared of for few days inside the ICU. She was expected to stay in ICU for 2 to 3 days before she'd be transferred to a recovery room for further monitoring.
Not so good news. After about 48 hours in Surgical ICU the doctor said they had found that her lungs was congested with water, with other complications like blood infection. Her urine was with blood too, something that made us more scared of her condition. And she had to stay longer in the ICU with apparatus connected to her. It pains us to see her in that condition. Every viewing time we were just helplessly looking at her by the small glass window, praying for her health. We could not go near her, we would only have a glimpse of her during scheduled viewing time.
For few days, she underwent further medications to cure the infection and drain the water in her lungs. She was sedated or put to sleep to allow the apparatus to takeover and fasttrack the effect of the medicines.
As I write this, May 16, 2019, she's already progressing fine. The last update we got was that her lungs is no longer congested, infection was already cured and they had stopped sedating her to allow her body to be fully awake.
After more than a week in Surgical ICU, she's finally almost out of that life-threatening situation. After more than a week of agony, sleepless nights, we would finally see her smiling again, hear her cry on her voice that's like a music to our ears. We're hoping for her speedy recovery so we would finally be home, so she would be finally home. If things go well, we'll just need less than a week and she might be cleared out and we'd be allowed to go home.
But before we get clearance from the hospital we have to go through another difficult part of this, the next hardest part of it is settling our hospitalization bills.
Even before, we already knew how costly this open heart surgery would be for us, that it was going to put our daughter's life in danger and at the same time would really be going to drain us financially. But our daughter's life, our daughter's future is far more important to us so despite limited resources we still decided to take this option. We banked on the support of our families, friends and people who shared their blessings to us.
Now, we still need all the financial help the we can get. We got our running bill yesterday and we are already going beyond the budget that we have prepared. So I am knocking on your hearts... for prayers and financial help so we can get through this. We may not be able to return the favor to you, but Someone up there will. May you be bless with hundreds of blessings and more.
Thank you so much!
For those who wish to contribute directly to us, you may deposit directly through this bank accounts:
Account #: 4299 02 8963
Account #: 00 563 00 35798
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Again, thank you so much!
Sharing here her picture and the clinical abstract from PHC hospital.
This picture was taken a day before her surgery.
Below is the certified copy of her clinical abstract from PHC hospital.