My aunt, Ramona Gamboa, was diagnosed with a Motor Neurone Disease last September 2017 and has been recently confirmed that she has ALS.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a specific disease which causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. It is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching, and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size. This results in difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.
Monna's ALS symptoms started with the throat. She is having a hard time speaking and swallowing already. Though she can still walk and move her limbs. She is now confined at the UST hospital because she is severely malnourished. She has been ordered by the doctors to insert a feeding tube through her stomach so she can "eat".
Besides the said procedure, medications for this kind of illness, such as Riluzole and Baclofen, are not readily available in the Philippines and are very expensive.
Any amount to help us with her treatment and medications will be very much appreciated.