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Hello everyone, I pray that the Good Lord bless you and your family as I am grateful you have shared some time to read my post.
My father Benedict Carrillo Tambot, 60yo, was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis years ago and had experienced bleeding esophageal varices several times since then. For the last 10 years, (every almost 6 months) he will be admitted in the hospital (vomiting blood and blood in stool due to bleeding esophageal varices) and will undergo blood transfusion and will be okay afterwards and be back to his normal condition.
Unfortunately, his hospitalization this April 2019 was different. Aside from vomiting blood and blood in his stool, doctor noticed his bloated stomach and requested for an ultrasound and other blood works. His alpha fetoprotein (AFP) was very high and other results doesn't look good. Doctor then requested for a CT scan and there they found out he has tumors surrounding his liver resulting to liver malfunctions.
A friend of my father refered us to a gastroenterologist in Baguio and so we went there to have him checked. That day of his checkup, he underwent endoscopy and the doctor ligated six esophageal varices that he saw bleeding. That day, we heard from the doctor any patient would not want to hear. My father only has few months/years to live which broke the hearts of both my parents and siblings.
The gastroenterologist refered us to a hepatologist in Manila who he thinks will give better prognosis. Our family is broken, we know that once we go to Manila for checkups, it will be physically, emotionally and financially hard for us, but who wouldn't want his father live a longer life? And so we tried. I sought help via gogetfunding and we were overwhelmed with all the help we received. God is really good we will be able to finance his checkup in Manila.
Days before going to Manila, my father again was bleeding so we rushed him in Baguio. This time, colonoscopy was done and there was gastric varices bleeding. He was admitted in the hospital for a week. This was the start of my father's physical pain and weakness to the point that he can only sit or stand for a few minutes and requests to be back to bed at once.
It was last week of May 2019 when my parents went to see the hepatologist in Manila. My father's liver was really damaged and liver transplant was not an option anymore because of his age. Instead he prescribed a chemo pill named Lenvatenib (systemic chemo). This pill amounts to 76,800 pesos per box of 20 tablets and my father will need to take 3 tablets a day.
A doctor friend of my father refered him to an oncologist while they are in Manila to have second opinion regarding the chemo pill. Same diagnosis and it was confirmed, my father is suffering with Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Liver Cancer) Stage 4.
We opt to do alternative treatment for a few weeks but he cannot tolerate anymore and is already in pain because of his bloated stomach. Doctor gave chances that the chemo pill may help my father who is now in pain and so we took the chance. My father was hopeful and that miracles happen. Apart from this, he now has a pigtail catheter to drain fluid off his stomach.
He cannot go home yet to La Union for another two weeks because the oncologist still needs to check his body's response to the chemo pill. Fortunately, after days of taking it, his body is responding positively. But, sad to say that his usual bleeding occured again and he is stocked in Manila so he was again admitted in the hospital. The supposed funds to be used for his chemo pill was now utilized for his emergency hospital admission. He now has complications and has started receiving insulin and is now a candidate for dialysis.
We miss him so much and we want him to go home and just do the chemo pill in La Union since his body is responding positively to the pill. We hope and pray that he will be discharged immediately as the hospital bill is unbearable.
We know that God is in control. We know that we cannot do anything about his health condition and as a family we have accepted that anytime, he might go. But as long as there is life, there is hope. As long as he is still here with us, while he still has the fighting spirit, we will support him.
Because of this, I am again humbly knocking at your kind hearts to help us. Please help us prolong our father's life by giving him his needed medication. We cannot bear to just see him die without doing anything. So even if we are ashamed to ask for financial help, we still do in the hope of giving him chances of surviving. All we can do is pray for you too as you help us financially.
Thank you for taking some time to read my post. We pray that God will return the favor a thousand fold to you and the rest of your family as you help someone like our father. Thank you very much.
- Kathrina Tambot Dacanay
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