Hello, my name is Sarah Mae Vicente , 25 years old and resident of Zamboanga City, Philippines.
When I was 1 year old the doctor found out that I have a congenital heart disease and has been advised to undergo an immediate surgical procedure.
But because I was so weak, sickly and my parents does not have enough money for my operation, I was not able to undergo with the procedure.
10 years after, when I was in my grade 6 level, I started to acquired different sicknesses like cough and fever, dengue, difficulty in breathing and I am starting to lose weight. The doctor advised my mom to bring me to Manila, Philippines and undergo the operation or else they will loose me.
After a year, With the help of a senator, candidates during the 2004 election, and other agencies my parents were able to raise the money (Php 300,000.00) and immediately got me operated.
As of now, I have an artificial aortic valve, I take lifetime medicine, do monthly blood monitoring and check up.
With proper medication, I lived a normal life since then. I was able to finished my studies, got a job that I also consider as my ministry and got married with a Pastor, Phil John Tulabing. After seven months of being married I got pregnant but unfortunately, I was miscarriage.
During my last check up in 2016, my doctor advised me to undergo another surgery to replace my valve due to aortic leakage because the valve was placed when I was still a kid and as I grew up my heart grows larger but the metallic valve remains about the same in size. According to my doctor my heart operation may cost Php 1,000,000.00 or 20,000 USD.
As of this moment , I am only earning a little and far from reality to be able to raise this amount. But with the help of God, you and other supporters, I know this will be possible.
My scheduled operation should be last February 2018, and right now I have repeatedly felt heart palpitation that could be a possible symptoms of heart failure.
Hoping for your heartfelt response. Thank you so much for your time and kindness. God bless.