My Name is Jewel Leigh Orendain. I was born prematurely and unexpectedly via CS procedure on June 8, 2019, weighing only 1.5kg and I have an RDS NEONATAL PNEUMONIA PNEUMOTHORAX RIGHT S/P CHEST TUBE RIGHT condition. I am still fighting for my dear life and is currently in Neonal Intensive Care Unit at Albay Doctors Hospital located at Legazpi City. I am currently on a mechanical ventilator with right chest tube on due to pneumothorax). Mama and Papa are now having a hard time in coping up with my daily medical expenses which is amounting to an estimate of P50, 000.00daily (outside hospital expenses excluded such as mama and papa's fare, food and etc.) We need all the help we can get so I can continue fighting. Can you help us?
But first, let me tell you the story of my Mama and Papa. In the hopes that I can touch your hearts and help me win my battle:
Mama and Papa had been married since April 8,2010. Just like any other couple, all they wanted was to have a baby to complete the family. But sadly, their hopes and prayers weren't answered right away. They sacrificed everything to make it possible. Both Mama and Papa had themselves checked by a specialist to find out what was wrong. They found out that Papa's motility is low so the chances of having a baby is little to none. This did not break their spirits. They refused to just accept it and kept fighting. They underwent IVF, (in vitro fertilization) which we all know is very expensive, so they spent a huge, if not almost all of their savings. But sadly, for them, it did not yield any result. They followed all the specialist's advice, even gave up working abroad so they can concentrate on having me. They even gave devotion to churches in Manila, participated in a fertility festival in Obando where couples who hope to be blessed with children perform street dances in a long procession. They subjected themselves to be checked by quack/witch doctors, but then again, yielded no result. Their hearts were broken one too many times. But their hopes and dreams kept them from giving up. That is how badly they wanted me. They never stopped praying. They never stopped trying.
On December 13, 2018 their prayers were finally answered! Mama was finally pregnant with me! Mama and Papa were beyond happy! They promised that they would take good care of me from then on. Mama was very careful. Papa took care of Mama, so she would be comfortable and constantly made sure that I am ok. Everything was going smoothly until Mama reached the 4th month...
She was diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus. This added to my Mama's already difficult pregnancy.
Being born prematurely was not part of the plan. The plan was to have me via normal delivery, but God had other plans for us. On my 7th month, my membrane ruptured, and the Doctor said that I was in distressed, so they had no choice but to perform a Caesarian delivery.
Then I was out! But I wasn't out of the woods just yet. That was where my condition worsened
My Oxygen saturation was very low, and my lungs were weak and not fully developed so I had to be connected to a mechanical ventilator to support my lungs. They put me immediately on Neonatal Intensive Care Unit so that I can be monitored closely.
It was a daily battle since I was born. It is particularly hard for Mama and Papa to see me like this. The baby they had been longing for 8 years. All they wanted was to cradle me, take care of me, and make me feel their love but they can't do that. I am still in an incubator fighting the battle that I desperately want to win. For my Mama and my Papa. They deserve to be happy. They deserve to have me.
June 11, 2019 was the scariest day of Mama and Papa's life. I almost did not make it. My Oxygen Saturation went from 100% down to 52%. My vitals went down. Doctors attended to me immediately until I was stabilized.
Their entire savings are now wiped out. The struggle to procure money for my daily expenses are getting harder. The hospital requires that we pay P25, 000.00 (half of my daily expenses) everyday. We already exhausted everything and asked financial help from family and friends. But the money collected is not enough. Given that my expenses are still on-going.
I just arrived into this world and I want the chance to explore and enjoy my life in it. Out of the goodness of your hearts, please help me make this possible. Every donation is appreciated.
Thank you. This will give me a fighting chance...this will give us the happy ending that we have been hoping for.
Below are my Mama and Papa's Contact numbers:
Jowel Orendain +639081759824
Lhea Orendain +639081766279
Here’s Mama’s Bank account details as well:
METROBANK, Ligao Branch
LEAH G. ORENDAIN