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CALL FOR HELP
Last year, our family prepared a simple birthday celebration for my partner, Ferds Paraan. Little did we know that we had to take him to the hospital instead. What we thought was a simple food poisoning was actually a very rare condition called Acute Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMA Syndrome or SMAS) which was only discovered and confirmed after a series of hospitalizations and work-ups for almost 3 months since November. We've been to five hospitals and different doctors since then. Ferds would be discharged and would feel well for a week or two but would experience constant vomiting again after.
The condition was worsened by his diabetes, low potassium, thyroiditis, and other complications. SMA Syndrome disabled his digestive system causing him to vomit for days that led to severe dehydration, malnutrition, and weakness. He lost 28kgs in 3 months time.
Today is our 28th day in the hospital, our fifth confinement and 4th month with this battle, having undergone 2 surgeries. One is called open gastrojejunostomy surgery --bypassing the part of the small intestine where the SMAS is. This was hoped to ease his digestion. He had to had NGT for almost a week to have the secretions from his stomach be aspirated. Although the surgery was successful, his recovery was not as proper and quick as expected. The doctors then discovered that he was also suffering from ulcer which required blood transfusion due to severe internal bleeding in the stomach. We were hoping he would feel better after these procedures, but he was still vomiting. This time, his doctors said it's because of gastroparesis (functions of his stomach are paralyzed), an effect from the major surgery with complications from diabetes. So Ferds had to go through another surgery, a jejunostomy tube insertion. A feeding tube was placed through his left abdomen to his small intestine so he could absorb more nutrients, build up his body, and recover more quickly.
Ferds is a kind of man that will push you to attain your goals, looks 'suplado' to some but has a really big heart for everybody. He has that Superman Syndrome where he wants to do things with all his might and will keep his pain to himself. It is challenging and heartbreaking to see him go through all this knowing how much he is trying to feel better.
We are grateful for all the love and support of our family and friends but our hospital bill is accumulating while we wonder when we could be discharged to be with our nine-year old son and six-month old daughter.
Our bill has reached more than half a million since we got here last month that's why we thought of launching this fund raising drive and appeal to your generosity for prayers, well wishes, and financial support. We understand that this is a difficult time for all of us and we would appreciate any form of support and amount that you could extend.
Here are our account numbers for your donations:CARMINAH E. GARCIA
FERDINAND C. PARAAN, JR.
SIERRA MAE PARAAN
Thank you in advance for your response. May the Lord and the universe grant you with good health and more blessings.
Carminah / Eych
First photo was taken 21 December 2020, 2weeks after the first hospitalization. Second photo was 07 March 2021, the day we got admitted to the 5th hospital, 3 days before Ferds' surgery.
This photo was taken 20 March 2021, 10 days after the surgery. This was the day after his scoping to check the bleeder in his stomach. No more bleeding. The next day after this, he vomited and had high fever that went on for days.
- Glenna Paraan
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- Carminah Garcia
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