Issue of July 21, 2013
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Strangers boost 3 patients’ chances
by Ramon Dacawi / PIO

The kindness of strangers is keeping alive hopes of three gravely ill patients constantly unsure of where to turn to for help since their resources were exhausted just when their illnesses were diagnosed.

Contributions for Adelaida del Prado, a 54-year-old solo parent confined for months now due to cancer, reached P63,200 last week, enabling her to resume her chemotherapy at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

An anonymous Samaritan who learned of del Prado’s plight through an item in the local papers, coursed P30,000 through his secretary. The contribution, the nth time from this gentle soul, allowed the patient’s second chemo last July 10 even as she looks forward to her third treatment session on Aug. 4.

She had her first treatment last April 14 but couldn’t go further as she and her 18-year son Dexter were by then financially strapped. As of last month, her bills, including doctors fees, had shot up to P203,687.69 after her PhilHealth insurance benefits  were deducted.

Adelaida’s plea for help also drew contributions from Mercy Donato – P2,000; Hani - P5,000; David of Bontoc – P10,000; Bboy of Bontoc – P5,000; and Rachel – P5,000. Her high school batchmates initially raised P6,000 while Jane Pacito delivered herbal vitamins.

Other Samaritans can ring up Adelaida through her cell phone (0920-236-3958) or her son Dexter (0935-419-1882). They can visit her at the third floor of the Flavier Building of the BGHMC.

Other Samaritans may want to prop up 19-year old Rossana Estras. The youngest child of Noli Estras, a 44-year old tricycle driver from Sison, Pangasinan, the girl was diagnosed in September 2011 for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer of the blood.

Thanks to strangers, Rossana had her sixth chemotherapy treatment last Wednesday and still has a long way to go in her protracted battle against ALL.

Rossana still needs all the help she can get, especially so that she is starting anew her chemotherapy after suffering a relapse last February. Donors may ring up her father’s cell phone (0920-450-8497).

The case of Ferdinand Dumol, a 31-year old construction laborer needing thrice-a-week  hemodialysis treatment for life, also drew response from strangers after it was carried in last Sunday’s local papers.

As this was being written, Renate Doth, secretary of Shoshin Kinderhilfe, a small foundation in southern Germany, sent 200 euros (P10,912.31).

Dumol, a native of Banaue, Ifugao and his wife, Catherene, transferred to the rented home of Ferdinand’s sister, Norma, who is herself married, at Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet.

That brings him closer to the hemodialysis room at the BGHMC where he is attached to a blood-cleansing machine for four hours, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 6 to 10 a.m. on Thursday and 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Each session costs P2,200, or P6,600 a week. That’s P26,400 a month, excluding the costs of oral and injectable medicines and occasional blood transfusions.

Like Del Prado and Estras, Dumol is just a text or call away (0999-433-4095).

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