Medical Support for Jogie Gravino

My name is Vince Yulo, I have a brother-in-law named Jogie Gravino and he’s just 39 years old from the Philippines. I saw how his family and parents struggle about his situation emotionally and financially so I decided to help them through asking small favors from your generous heart.

In year 2009, Jogie had persistent cough that caused him difficulty in sleeping. Along with that, he also experienced body weakness before he was diagnose with a very rare medical case.

In year 2010, he was diagnose of MG (Myasthenia Gravis) and Thymoma. He was advise to undergo a major operation procedure of Thymectomy at the Lung Center of the Philippines and where given a 40/60 chance of survival.

In year 2011, he survived the Thymectomy and had fast recovery. He was doing great and could do his daily living activities.

In year 2012, he lost his sense of taste and smell. Enough reason why he became weak because his appetite was gone. Who could have eat food that taste and smell nothing?

In year 2013, he undergo Nasal Polypectomy. After the procedure, his sense of smell and taste came back temporarily that lasts for few minutes only. By the time his senses got fully recovered was also the time he got Pneumonia.

In year 2014, because of his Pneumonia, he had been experiencing shortness of breathing that lead him again to undergo another surgical procedure which is Tracheostomy to make a passage for his phlegm that he couldn’t let it out on his own because his lungs were too weak to do so.

In year 2015 - 2016, because of his Tracheostomy, he was prone to infections. That is why he had been always rush and admitted at the hospital in ICU (3 times) due to Pneumonia, Myasthenia Crisis and Carbon Dioxide Retention.

In November 26, 2016 on his son’s birthday, he died for few minutes and was fighting for his life at the ICU.

2017 had been quite nice and a good year for him and the family since he wasn’t admitted in the hospital but already felt weaknesses in the late quarter of the year and sometimes lost consciousness.

Early this year of January, he was once again rush and admitted to the hospital in ICU due to difficulty in breathing. He did experience again Myasthenia Crisis, Carbon Dioxide Retention, Heart Attack and Low SpO2.

He stayed in the ICU for 21 days and been experiencing Edema, Hypotension, Severe Headache, Insomnia, Confusion and generalized weakness (can’t even lift his arm). He was discharge from ICU but still he had difficulty in breathing though his oxygen saturation is already 100%.

In February 24, 2018 - He went home.

In March 3, 2018 - His oxygen level dropped, he was rush to ICU because it was difficult to woken him up due to his Myasthenia Crisis and Carbon Dioxide Retention.

Right now he is still in the ICU, still fighting for his life so he will be able to see his son grow up and be there to witness every important achievements of his little boy.

Jogie is asking for our help to support his medications (non-stop oxygen at home, suctions and nebulize every 2 hours) check ups, hospital admissions, maintenance and rehabilitation (muscle rehabilitation).


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Vince Yulo 
Montréal, QC
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