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My 45-year-old mother, Mary Jane Biley Sia, was diagnosed in November 2015 with cardiomyopathy. This is a disease of the heart muscle that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body. This can lead to chest discomfort or pressure, breathlessness with activity, fatigue, and heart failure, which recently happened on November 22, 2022.
My mother was immediately taken to the hospital (Mt. Carmel Diocesan General Hospital, Lucena City) when her heart failed. During her hospitalization, she experienced (2) asystole, or flatlining. Her cardiologist, Dr. Edwin Pureza, recommended that she should undergo ICD procedure at the Philippine Heart Center as soon as she recovers and does not rely on intubation. ICD or implantable cardioverter defibrillator, is a small, battery-powered device placed in the chest to detect and stop irregular heartbeats. An ICD continuously monitors the heartbeat and delivers electric shocks, when needed, to restore a regular heart rhythm. As her heart starts to weaken, this procedure could prevent any more damage and avoid future fatal conditions. She is also a type 2 diabetic and has been taking her maintenance medicine since she was diagnosed. She keeps on living with a proper diet and is prompt with her medicines for her diabetes and cardiomyopathy.
She has been in the ICU from November 22, 2022 to December 6, 2022 and has been hospitalized until December 17, 2022. Due to a lack of funds, we signed a promissory note under the condition that the bill should be P200,000 or less for her to be discharged. We took the risk of continuing her recovery at home, given that there is a possibility that her heart might fail at any time.
According to the referral notes issued by her cardiologist, my mother is being referred for further evaluation and management for a coronary angiogram, possible angioplasty, and ICD insertion. We inquired at the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) about the possible cost of the procedures needed. The admitting staff gave us the PHC website for estimated costs and told us that the cost would also depend on the patient’s attending doctor. Unfortunately, we don’t have funds to bring her to PHC for her to be checked by a resident doctor and provide a down payment for her possible procedures.
As stated on the PHC website, the check-ups, pre-tests, angiogram, and other needed procedures will cost us nearly 2 million pesos, including the hospital stay and other medication.
I am humbly asking for your kind donations to help us afford the possible procedures and prolong our mother’s life. She is a mother of five children, two of whom are from different father, yet she always takes good care of us. My father is the sole breadwinner supporting our family and some of our relatives; all of us are still studying, and our enrollment is also nearby. As of now, we can only sustain our daily needs and medication maintenance for our mother.
Thank you for reading; any assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated.
All funds raised will be managed by my family and will be paid directly to the hospital where the procedures will be held and might consider paying the outstanding bill from her previous hospitalization.
Gian Erico B. Lopez
(Son - Mary Jane B. Sia)
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Jan Erick Sia
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