This is Truman Santos, one of our brilliant actors in our film dissertation back at university. He went from being a spirited nurse, participating in local and independent films as his side job, to an unemployed visually impaired man, fully reliant on his friend, Marky, in supporting him in weekly tasks.
Truman has been spending most of his life working as a nurse in Perpetual Help Medical Center when he got diagnosed with Diabetes and Pneumonia in 2016. It was also at this time when he noticed that his vision rapidly dropped, and since then, his sight has been getting worse every single day. Realizing that he’s unable to fulfill his duties as a nurse due to his eyes' condition, he was reassigned as an office clerk by the company he’s working for.
His whole life turned upside down when an incident happened in February 2018. He was on his way home, travelling from Las Piñas to Bacoor, when he started to lose his vision to the point where he almost couldn't see anything. He felt extremely lost and disoriented as he couldn’t navigate his way home. Fortunately, a warm-hearted pedicab driver helped and gave him a lift to his boarding house in Bacoor.
It was back in November 2017 when Truman’s personal physician at Perpetual Help Medical Center informed him that he needs to get his eyes operated as it started to bleed internally from Diabetes. He was also told that he’ll eventually go blind if his eyes were not immediately treated. Recognizing the fact that he couldn’t afford the surgical procedure, Truman had no choice but to set it aside for a while, which took several months before he was finally operated in the Philippine General Hospital at April of 2018. However, the procedure hasn't exactly gone according to plan, as he noticed that there were no discernible improvements in his condition. As a matter of fact, it has gotten even worse after the operation. According to his friend, it seemed like Truman was practiced on by trainee doctors. Although, he was given a letter of consent before the procedure, stating that they will not be held liable should there be any complications. Left with no other choice, and given the financial situation he was in, Truman signed the waiver hoping for the best - only to be faced with a bigger obstacle.
Moreover, The Human Resource Department of Perpetual Help Medical Center recently informed him that they made the decision to dismiss him from his job due to his condition. He's also currently being visited and assisted every week by his friend, Marky, accompanying him in his boarding house as well as providing for his basic necessities.
If you would like to assist with his financial burden, any donation would be greatly appreciated and it will truly go a long way. All funds raised will go directly to Truman’s medical costs, food, and rent expenses.
Thank you for hearing Sir. Truman’s story and we hope you’ll find it in your heart to support him in his journey ♡
For direct donations, please donate to:
Elisha Mae N. Reyes (savings account)