lightens Eacelle’s burden.

Update posted by Romroeden Divio On May 16, 2017

March 28th 2017, Eacelle was experiencing a very hard time, suffering from hypertension of breathing, fluid retention in her face, legs and feet. Due to lack of finances, we were not able to admit Eacelle to the hospital. Eacelle comes from a very poor background, her father has no permanent income, and her mother work at a launderette for a very low salary. After a week or so, her condition got seriously worse; her body was very pale, suffering further more with her breathing and rashes all around her skin. With the help of Eacelle’s friends, we were able to admit Eacelle into the hospital of Bulacan. The doctors examined and did certain tests. After the doctor examined Eacelle, the result of the test proved that hemoglobin counts are low, her creatinine level is very high, and her kidneys are not functioning normally. The doctor advice was to undergo with a biopsy and ultrasound, however due to lack of funds they could not afford it. The next day Eacelle’s auntie went to Bulacan municipal health Centre, to see if they were eligible for funding for the biopsy and ultrasound. With luck, they received a small amount to get Eacelle admitted to the clinic for an ultrasound. Upon this, the test shows that Eacelle is suffering from kidney atrophy, or kidney shrinkage. In were her Both kidneys are small for her age, the normal size of a kidney for an adult should be roughly the size of a fist. In more precise measurements, the average size of an adult human kidney is about 10 to 13 cm (4 to 5 inches) long, approximately 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inches) wide and about 2 to 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick.4 but her both kidney are small, her left kidney measures 8.5x4.1x3.6cm and in right kidney measures 6.0x2.8x3.1cm.And because of this, the amount of water has increased in her body and enlarged her heart. The doctors advised that they should treat Eacelle with hemodialysis. Hemodialysis is a process that uses a man-made membrane (dialyzer) to: Remove wastes, such as urea, from the blood. Restore the proper balance of electrolytes in the blood. Eliminate extra fluid from the body. Eacelles mother asked the doctor if there was a way to avoid this process of hemodialysis, due to the fact they simply have no funding for this treatment. The doctor understood Eacelle and the family’s state of living, so for the meantime he prescribed with medication to help with her kidneys. However she is still under observation.On the 11th of April, Eacelle's condition took a turn for the worst; she was suffering from fatigue, stomach aches, vomiting, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Immediately we take Eacelle to the hospital. After further test, the results were very shocking. The test shows that her creatinine level is very high again. Immediately the doctors referred Eacelle to a hospital in Manila. The National Kidney Transplant and Institute (NKTI) for further assistance. Sadly, it took 12 days before Eacelles family can take her to manila. It took them this long because they were struggling to find financial help to get Eacelle there. After further test and examinations done at the institute, the doctor insisted that because of Eacelle's high creatinine, and her hemoglobin counts are very low, Eacelle would need to undergo Emergency dialysis and blood transplant. The doctor made it clear if Eacelle does not undergo this procedure, she may die. After hearing this news, we all decided to allow the doctors to start the procedure, although we were all worried for Eacelle, but we also panicked because we all know that we cannot afford to pay the hospital bills, however we would do whatever it takes to save Eacelles life. After the dialysis and two bags of blood, they kept Eacelle under observation for three days Eacelles condition was stable. The doctor insisted that Eacelle must continue with this treatment twice a week, also with prescribed medication. For the long term, the doctor says it would be better for Eacelle to be on the list for a kidney transplant. While we are waiting for a kidney donor, Eacelle has received dialysis up to ten times, and she needs to continuously undergo with dialysis twice a week plus medication check-up and laboratory examinations.

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