Louie has been diagnosed with Brain Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) in 2011. An AVM is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain. The arteries are responsible for taking oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain while veins carry the oxygen-depleted blood back to the lungs and heart. A brain AVM disrupts this vital process.
In 2012, with the help of various government agencies, he was able to undergo the Gamma Knife procedure. The procedure somehow helped his condition, but he is still having seizures once or twice a month. Now, 7 years later, he is suffering from a Mild Brain Stroke, which is still caused by his AVM, and is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Medical Center Imus (MCI), since May 30, 2019. Please help us raise funds to help his family with the medical expenses needed to pay for the daily cost of the ICU, doctors’ fees, as well as other procedures needed to help him heal (MRI, CT Scan, 2D Echo, X-Ray).
Neurological treatment is very expensive so let us help Louie fight AVM! Every peso counts! It would mean a lot to his family and 2 kids. Many thanks and God bless you all.
Brain AVMs are usually congenital, meaning someone is born with one. An AVM is often a silent killer. Most people with the condition are unaware they even have one prior to it rupturing. If the AVM develops in an area of the brain that does not control motor functions, any warning signs such as seizures or muscle weakness might not be present. The problem is that people don’t know that they have an AVM, unfortunately, until it declares itself.
Brain AVMs occur in less than 1 percent of the general population. An estimated two-thirds of AVMs occur before age 40. Every year, about 4 out of every 100 people with an AVM will experience a hemorrhage. Each hemorrhage poses a 15 to 20 percent risk of death or stroke, 30 percent neurological morbidity, and 10 percent mortality.
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