Louigie Lui, also known as Igie to family and friends, is a kind and loving sister, daughter, and aunt. She loves to vlog and play sports. She also graduated with a bachelor's in Information Technology. She wants to live a normal life, doing those things she cherishes and blending with her friends and family.
Everything’s changed in the year 2017, while she was in her 3rd year of college. She was asked to do a medical check-up for their educational tour. Upon check-up, she already had a high blood pressure of 200/190 but didn't feel anything wrong as she was asymptomatic. She was then recommended to see a nephrologist and later found out that she had acute chronic kidney disease, which happens when your kidneys suddenly become unable to filter waste products from your blood. Her creatinine back then was just 300 plus. She managed to maintain her healthy lifestyle for 2 years until she graduated.
2019, 2 months after she graduated, she was rushed to a hospital because she vomited everything she ate and drank, and was also bloated. They found out that her creatinine was at 1,100 plus and further deteriorated to Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease, which means only 15% of her kidneys were functioning. She’s only 20 years old. The doctors considered it an emergency and that she needed to go on dialysis as soon as possible. She has been on dialysis for two and a half years now, and the only solution that her nephrologist told her was a kidney transplant.
Why she needs a Kidney Transplant?
A kidney transplant was endorsed by her nephrologist and is the last treatment of choice for kidney failure, compared with a lifetime on dialysis.
Based on our record of meds and dialysis, we’ve been spending P773,020.80 per year.
For transparency and donation of meds purposes, here’s our sheet of her Meds. Prices were given from Mercury Drugstore here in the Philippines: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aiGGFMt28C...
Computation adding her dialysis from meds:
Total costs of meds per month: P24,166.4 X 12 Months: P289,996.8
Dialysis per month: P32,000 x 12 = P384,000; Dialyzer per month: P8,000 x 12 = P96,000
Total: 773,020.80/year; Half the amount for Kidney transplant.
The longer she goes on dialysis, the riskier her life will be. A month ago, she had Covid and got several side effects from it and from hemodialysis:
- heart enlargement on the left side.
- minor liver disease
- high risk of experiencing hypotension (low blood pressure) during hemodialysis. It can be caused by the drop in fluid levels during dialysis. Low blood pressure can cause nausea and dizziness. So she needs to control her fluid intake.
She has had several operations also, and her dialysis access has been transferred from IJ (Internal Jugular) to AVF (arteriovenous fistula) to another IJ, and just this December 2021, a permanent catheter was placed. She also had her AVF taken down because it was growing so fast and might burst at any time.
I know it's a lot to take in and we’re asking for a big amount of money but my sister’s life is in line and I feel like everyone will do the same if you’re in my shoes. I am hoping and praying that by sharing her story, there are people out there who could possibly give us hope and donate any amount. You'll never know how your kindness will turn someone else's life. Thank you for taking the time to read her story and would appreciate it if you can also share it.