L.C. came through the MICU doors intubated and on triple inotropes. She was a 50 year old bag lady who was poorly compliant to anti-hyperthyroid medications due to lack of funds and was now paying for her poverty. Through SAGIP, she was able to acquire antibiotics and facilitate diagnostics. She was eventually transferred to the wards and was able to go back to work after.
R.M. is a 28 year old, male admitted for severe pulmonary tuberculosis.For the past 2 months, he has been having cough with bloody sputum (hemoptysis). SAGIP was able to provide the funds needed for a Chest CT Scan and medications to stop the hemoptysis. He was discharged improved and currently being treated for PTB.
G.L., 56/M, carpenter, diagnosed with
Peripheral arterial occlusive disease which causes gangrene of the toes and eventually the foot. This picture shows the limb of the patient prior to the life-saving foot amputation in order to prevent the rapid spread of infection in his body.“Salamat sa Sagip at napagawa ko ang Venous at Arterial Duplex na mamahaling laboratoryo para sa aking mga paa. Dahil dito, nalaman ko na may bara ang ugat ng aking hita. Dahil rin sa Sagip, napabilis ang pag-amputate ng aking paa.”
L.D. had a hematologic condition called thrombocytopenic thrombotic purpura (TTP) initially presenting with decreasing hemoglobin and platelet. It is a condition that can only be treated by total plasma exchange (TPE), a procedure that may be curative and life-saving. If not done, mortality rate is as high as 90%. SAGIP gave Leonida’s family hope when it provided for the first session of the TPE. This gave enough time for the family to look for funds from relatives and friends, securing enough money to complete another three TPE sessions until she responded to complete recovery.
A.G. is a 66 year old, diabetic male, who suffered a non-healing wound over his left leg, and subsequently underwent amputation. Regular administration of antibiotics is crucial to prevent further infection.Piperacillin-Tazobactam IV woud cost him P1416 daily. SAGIP Buhay Medical Foundation provided him with assistance of procuring the drug sufficient for the first day. With all the efforts of his family and the medical team, our patient was able to go home after a week renewed.
M.A, is a 29 year old office worker who in 2006 was diagnosed with SLE, more commonly known as “Lupus”, a disease wherein the body attacks itself. Her SLE exacerbated after she had a bout of Amoebiasis. She developed SLE cerebritis (brain inflammation) which caused her to go into Status Epilepticus, (several consecutive seizures), and had to be intubated to protect her airway. She also needed to undergo Methylprednisolone pulse therapy in order to control her SLE. Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation paid for her mechanical ventilator for 3 days as well as for the first dose of the Methylprednisolone (around P4000 per vial), without which the course of her condition would have been downhill.
E.R., 59/M, iron welder
who developed “Massive pericardial effusion, in tamponade” which simply means the sac that holds his heart became filled with fluid which compressed his heart, leading to deterioration of its pumping function. This picture was taken after “pericardiocentesis” (removal of fluid from the sac by means of a large needle inserted through his chest towards the heart sac) was done.“Salamat sa Sagip, na pa-2D Echo ako at nalaman na may tubig ang aking puso. Dahil rin sa Sagip, nakabili kami ng gamit para matanggalan ng tubig ang aking puso. Ngayon, nakakahinga na ako ng mas maluwag.”
At 66 years of age, Aling Bernadette has been suffering from bronchial asthma for quite some time. This disease hit her hardest this July when she not only ran out of maintenance medications but was also inflicted with a severe case of pneumonia. Due to the severity of her disease, she went into distress and eventually intubated. With the help of SAGIP foundation, she was provided with a mechanical ventilator. Thanks to this intervention, only after 2 weeks at the hospital, she was well enough to go home.
O.V. was rushed to the Emergency Room of the Philippine General Hospital due to severe chest pain. He was diagnosed to have Acute Myocardial Infarction (or heart attack) and was admitted at the Medical ICU. He and his family had very limited funds at that time. SAGIP Buhay assisted him in procuring the necessary examinations. He was then able to direct his funds in purchasing his medications. After a few days, he was transferred to the wards and discharged improved.