Our 14 year old niece, Rica Tabucal, was diagnosed with lupus 2 years ago. About a month ago, she was hospitalized because of an infection. Since there is no health insurance in the Philippines, Rica's parents, Cardo & Aida, were struggling to pay the medical bills. Some family members contributed money to help her parents so she would be released from the hospital.
On 11/20/12 until the present, Rica is hospitalized again because of the very swollen and painful left knee that caused her not to be able to walk. She had such a serious infection on the left knee that she underwent a surgery on 11/22/12. We sent a good amount of money ($1,500.00). They used part of the money as a deposit to the hospital so Rica could be admitted on 11/20/12. Then before the surgery, the hospital demanded for Rica's parents to add more money to the deposit & they used the rest of the money that we've sent. In the Philippines, money is required before care is provided to the patient. Rica's Uncle Manny has also extended some financial help. But all of our help is not enough. The medical bills are adding up. Aida is currently going from organization to organization (government and non-profit) to seek funds.
Because of this financial hardship, we are asking the family members & friends to extend financial help to Rica & her family. Any amount is helpful. Please include Rica in your prayers also.
Jim & Lory Wilson