Hello and thank you to all the genuine hearts that I have met and talked to these past few days all because they want to help our family especially Lean! 💕💕💕
We are still asking for everyone’s prayer and help for my youngest brother Lean Andro. He is 25yrs old. We call him “Le”. His friends calls him Ley/Lei. He is a sweet, kind, loving, generous, funny, intelligent, ambitious and a hardworking person with a genuine heart. He has a lot of life goals, (one is to go to London so he can experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (we are both a huge Harry Potter fan “Potter head”). Mine is to bring him to Orlando or Japan where Harry Potter theme parks are located (one day soon🙌). We would watch Harry Potter marathon and every time my father sees us he will say “Harry Potter again”. In our minds “Always” 😬. He loves snickers, that’s his only request whenever I would go home from Dubai. He’s a gamer (dota, cod, ml) and maybe other more games which I’m not aware of (online games only po 😊 he is not the type of gamer who’s going to play with your heart!😃) He’s a very loyal and loving boyfriend to his sweet gf. 😁 I would love to know more of the things he is passionate about. He’s like a boy version of me and I’m his girl version. He is very family oriented and a clingy brother. He is our bunso (youngest) and we love it when he’s clingy. His friends describe him as genuine, quiet and kind. He is a lot more not to mention very good looking!!! ☺️😀
First week of September this year he went for a check up as he was experiencing jaundice, dark urine and stool and itchiness (all over his body, especially at night when he’s about to sleep). The doctor found a stone in his bile duct. Doctor’s advise was to do an mri to see if it can be removed via medication (orally) or needed a surgery. The results came and he was advised that an ercp (Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) needs to be done instead of a surgery as it is a safer procedure and has a low risk. He is working somewhere in Manila and our whole family are in Bicol (our hometown). We were not that worried as according to him the Doctor said it will be an “easy, low risk and safe procedure”. I got a call from his Doctor after the procedure, the procedure didn’t go very well as expected as they couldn’t get the stone out and there was a perforation somewhere I don’t know, I’m not sure as I wasn’t really listening all I understand was they will have to do an immediate surgery to get the stone out and that the operation is dangerous and there’s a risk that he won’t make it. Wow! I was out of breathe! I didn’t know what to say or what to do. How will I inform my family? My mother who is also suffering a heart condition? How??? I tried to be calm and called my Aunt (coz I wasn’t sure how to tell my mother) and eventually told my family. My father and I rushed to Legazpi coz I was planning to catch the last plane leaving on that day Sep 17th. On the way I got a call from him I felt relieved and thought he was okay but also so nervous I thought he’s asleep or something coz he should be resting. I talked to him his voice was really low and I felt like he’s in pain. He said he needed a surgery and it’s dangerous (Te ooperahan daw ako, Te delikado daw was his exact words in a very hoarse voice). I didn’t know what to say and how to react, I thought I would break down and cry but tried my best not too and felt like the world crashing down on me or a very cold wind came inside my body. I told him no bebe it’s gonna be okay. Ate will be there soon and will take care of you. When you wake up you’re operation is done and it will be okay. He said “okay te I will wait for you” and he said “te ingat”! 😢 I felt so weak. He talked to my father and my father said like “you can do it be strong it will be okay”. So I wasn’t able to catch the last plane on that day. We waited in the evening for the result of the operation and it was the longest wait ever and we are all worried but hopeful. We got a message from one of my aunt and cousin who managed to be there and told us operation went well and he’s fine. I managed to get the next day flight (Sep 18th). Early morning after the surgery he was experiencing chest pain and his heart is beating faster than normal. Doctors kept on coming back to his room. They did more tests, and more tests as he can’t consume any food or liquid they put something that will make him have the nutrients that he needed and stay hydrated. He was okay when I arrived we talked, he laughs a little bit (just a little as it’s not good for the stitches). I made him giggle a few times, (it was sweet) I was telling stories about what’s happening back home and other stuffs. We even did a video call. He was begging me for water, it breaks my heart ohh my baby brother!!! (I can only give him a tissue with some drops of water to make his lips wet as he was not yet allowed to eat or drink. He wanted to pee badly and so bothered that he couldn’t. Nurses told him he has a catheter so it will just flow naturally but it wasn’t going through he said he feels so bloated. He told the nurse maybe he can’t pee coz he’s not drinking water. He asked the doctor if he can drink water the next day. The doctor just said “we will see”. Breaks my heart to see him like that! But then he was okay. They scheduled him for another CT scan to check his abdomen around 7pm. When they came back after an hour he started to breathe so fast and then catching it, his heart rate went on too high and his blood pressure drops. He first said that he can only see yellow, and then his vision became blurry and then he can’t see anything. And then he was there staring blankly and not moving. Doctors and nurses started shouting “code blue”. They made me go outside. I was trembling didn’t know what to do I wasn’t crying but I was in shocked. I searched “code blue” a lot of scenarios was happening in my head. A lot of doctors talked to me and explain the situation (possible bleeding, infection, potential liver damage, kidney failure, (he still can’t pee and that’s bad) multiple organ failure. Then after a few minutes doctor came back to me and told me his heart stopped they were trying to revive him. And when he came back again he told me they were able to revive him after 8 min but also he had a seizure. He needs to be intubated so he will be able to breathe. He was unconscious, he had a seizure oh wow! I couldn’t believe what was happening. I only see this in movies (I hope this is just some sort of a bad dream and hopefully I’ll wake up very soon and it will be all back to normal, Le all healthy and very well). Then when he regained his consciousness he was a bit confused, didn’t know where he was and what was happening. I signed a lot of consent that day! 😩
The battle didn’t end there he needed to go to ICU as he needs to be closely monitored and undergo dialysis ASAP as his blood became so acidic and it’s fatal as his kidneys are not working his blood can’t be filtered and wastes won’t be released from the body as he wasn’t urinating. Dialysis will be his temporary kidney until it recovers. But then ICU was full. He can’t be transferred to another facility as he is unstable the drive would be too long he wouldn’t make it. And not all hospitals have dialysis facilities. Again I felt so hopeless, I could not think properly. Luckily, he was transferred around 2am (Sep 19th). They told me I have to vacate the room within two hours or I can extend if I wanted to stay. I decided to vacate it as I’m sure I won’t be able to sleep there seeing his bloody mask and some spills on the floor. I couldn’t take it. Also the room was P5k a day. There is a hotel located within the vicinity of the hospital but charging almost P3k a day. I decided to just go to the ICU waiting area instead of staying alone in the room and paying a lot. I was crying and have a lot of questions, worries etc. It’s beyond heartbreaking! I was able to sleep for at least an hr around 5am and woke up at 6.
CRRT (Continuous renal replacement therapy) costs P40k for the first 12 hrs and will have additional costs every hr. He wasn’t stable enough to do the normal hemodialysis which will be 3 or 4 times a week and for 6hrs only. He was originally scheduled for 12 hrs crrt but due to the gravity of his condition it was extended for 72 hrs and then eventually for the whole week continuously. His jaundice worsened when he was transferred to ICU before it was just his eyes and suddenly his whole body was yellow because of high bilirubin. His potassium went so high from 11, 7 and eventually 4. High potassium can lead to death. They were giving him antibiotics for his infections and they found another bacteria from the cultured blood that they were checking from time to time. Every now and then they were doing CBC test, blood sugar, electrolytes (potassium, sodium) bilirubin and all the others tests they told me that my brain failed to catch.
He went for another operation last October 3rd (decompressive laparotomy) as they needed to clean the abdomen coz of the abscess that they found and bleeding. It was a very dangerous operation considering his condition. But he made it. Every now and then they needed to bring him back to OR to clean the wound and every time there is a high risk for him. But then he’s still fighting. He was bleeding few days before he was scheduled to change his wound dressing. We were so stressed and worried where to get all the blood he needs. Luckily we found some donors from friends, family and other people who are willing to help. The bleeding stopped and the surgeons managed to change and clean it without a lot of difficulties. But then again on Oct 10 he had another bleeding incident more fatal than the last one that Doctors told me to prepare for the worst. He was having irregular heartbeat (200, 180, 170, 140) and his BP was so low. It reached 60/29 as far as I can remember was the lowest. They gave him medicine to get his BP up. Doctors said there is a big possibility that his heart might stop again anytime. He needed a lot of blood like 10+units. They told me to call whoever can donate blood so we can save him as the bleeding wasn’t stopping. It was at 2am and I was completely mental blocked (where will I get a donor at 2am?). We needed to get all the blood that was coming out from him back to his body. His hemoglobin was so low. He had a test and his hemoglobin went down to 66 and then after 3 blood transfusion it still went down to 61.😢 They decided not to proceed to OR as they said if they will open it maybe a massive bleeding would occur and will end his life faster. I called my family and inform them of his situation I asked them what should I do as the doctors are giving me possible scenarios and options and I can’t decide on my own. It was so hard. I even asked my brother and told him what the doctors said and asked him what does he want to do. Yes he is conscious, he was very weak but trying his best to communicate. I was torn between wanting my brother to ease his pain and suffering as it was so heartbreaking, but then I also don’t want to let him go. I couldn’t. He’s been through a lot and he keeps on fighting for his life, every day. We can’t stop now, we can’t give up now. We have to keep going. I told the doctors we would get donors the next day and so far we managed to transfuse the blood that he needed but some bleeding was still happening. Me and my sister stayed with him almost 48 hrs just to be with him as we don’t know what will happen any minute. All cpr tools was already in his room as the doctor’s are trying to anticipate what might happen. I had to tell him what the Doctors told me to help me decide and ask what he wants. I told him he can stay awake and feel every pain in his body but also we can give him pain killers to let him sleep and be “comfortable” but there’s a chance he won’t wake up. Either way, there’s a possibility his heart will stop beating. He said he just want to be awake. My heart was so glad. I knew it, he won’t give up.
He went for another CT scan to find if any blood vessel has been opened causing the bleeding and if so they will do an angioplasty but they didn’t find anything. Two days after that incident his surgeon told me “bilib ako sa kapatid mo, ang lakas, lumalaban” and I was teary eyed. I know in my heart he will keep on fighting until he gets well. I know it’ll be very soon.
It’s been almost a month but we won’t give up. Our “running bill” reaches P5m and increasing.😅 I’m really not sure how we will pay for it as of this moment but I know it will come. God will provide but also he is guiding us. We’re doing every possible way to assist his medical expenses and we thank everyone who is helping us. I know God has a plan and miracles do happen. I’ve surrendered myself to God and told Le to do the same. I told him to trust God, repent, hope, pray and do not worry too much coz he is making his way to heal him very soon. With all the good hearts that’s helping us and praying for him to get well, God will hear us and give our hearts deepest desire if only we believe and ask him sincerely. I told Le, there’s a lot of things to do, places to go and memories to make. Life is beautiful and part of it are the challenges that we have to face while we are alive. This is one of them and I know in my heart we will get through this. One day... Very soon...
I never fully understood what unconditional love meant, but now I know. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my family especially for Le!
Keep on fighting my love!!!
I love you very much!!! We love you very much!!!
I told him we will travel together and some of my friends included him already in our plans. 😀 He smiled. It’s heartwarming every time he smiles. We would even clap our hands sometimes 😅. I also told him I will make a blog about our journey specifically about his ongoing battle and I would like him to read it when he is well. He nods in agreement and I’m holding on to that! 😘
PS: You can suggest the title of my upcoming blog tho no prize as I’m bankrupt 😂!
Another PS: if you’re not able to donate thru gogetfunding pls let me know.😬♥️🙏🏻💕
I would like to share his story to inspire, to remind everyone that giving up is not always an option, to trust God, to continue, and to always be grateful. Life is hard, and unfair and sometimes unjust you might not understand the struggles you are facing at the moment, but also it’s beautiful, it’s sweet and it has a lot to offer.
Sharing you one of my fave movie quote “Things aren’t exactly how we always imagined. They’re even better” -Amanda Bynes- What a girl wants. 😌😬
Still praying and hoping Le gets better very very soon. Pls continue to pray for his speedy recovery. We thank you all who donated blood, cash and wishes him to get well. Our family is beyond grateful that we have people like you in our lives!!!♥️♥️♥️