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3 women in constant search for Samaritans for ailing kin
Ramon Dacawi / PIO
Health, 4-13-2014

Three women, brought together by their relatives’ common affliction, came knocking on doors. They were in search of Samaritans who could provide them temporary respite from their endless search for funds for the next dialysis session, blood transfusion or hemoglobin-stabilizing injection for their ailing kin.

“Pagkatapos ng dialysis, kailangang mag-isip ka na naman kung saan kukuha ng P2,200 pambayad sa susunod na pagsalang sa makinang naglilinis ng dugo,” explained Bernadette Domingo, a  36-year old laundrywoman. Her plea for help is for her husband, Rolando, 36, who has been on twice-a-week dialysis treatment since January, 2011.

The appeal of Benita Brioso, a 49-year old contractual utility worker from Dontogan, Baguio City, is for Victoria Cresencia, her 28-year old daughter, who was diagnosed for kidney failure in November, 2009.

That of Bernadette Cariño, a 33-year old housewife from La Trinidad, Benguet, is on behalf of Rene Richmond, her 37-year old husband who also needs to undergo three times a week dialysis sessions to survive.

Rolando used to be the chief tanod of Lourdes Extension, Baguio but had to quit after he was hospitalized for two weeks following the diagnosis.

In-between working out medical support, Bernadette does laundry to be able to raise their two sons – Kyle, 12, who just finished sixth grade, and Kiro, 9, and due for the fifth grade this coming school year.

If it’s any breather, they own the house they live in at 73 Lourdes Extension.

Still, there’s no relief from figuring out how to come up with a minimum of P2,200 for the four-hour hemodialysis session set every Wednesday and Saturday evening, on the 7-11 shift, at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Victoria Cresencia, who was born in Lubuagan, Kalinga, is the elder of two children. She finished Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 2006 and was admitted the following year as contractual marketing specialist at the Department of Agriculture.

Her work contract expired in 2009. By then, she could not re-apply due to her health condition. Her brother Ruben Jr., their father and mother were willing to undergo tissue matching to find who could be a potential organ donor for a kidney transplant. The costs, however, are far more prohibitive than trying to maintain twice or thrice a week hemodialysis.

Aside from working out funding for her husband’s thrice-a-week dialysis treatment, Bernadette Cariño looks after their three young songs: Izhaak Christian, 9, Chris Allen, 7, and Chris John, 5.

“We still haven’t paid the remaining P8,000 in hospital bills when Rene was confined and diagnosed for kidney failure in February last year,” Bernadette admitted.

People out there who can help may contact any of the three women’s cellphone numbers: Bernadette Domingo – 0907-8814-045; Benita Brioso – 0910-6277-386; and Bernadette Cariño –  0906-1276-658.

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