My name is Dolores Ramirez. On October 21, 2020, my brother Ignacio Ramirez Jr., or Nash as I call him, suffered a stroke and was rushed to The Medical City hospital in the Philippines. The right side of his body, especially the right leg was severely affected and his speech started to become impaired. The MRI revealed that there was clotting in his brain. A 2D Echo and TEE were done which showed some vegetation in his mitral valve. He suffered from Infective Endocarditis which came from a bacteria called Streptococcus gallolyticus, for which he was given antibiotics. He was also suffering from shortness of breath and immediate cardiac surgery was required. An angiogram showed that he needed a triple bypass and a mitral valve replacement.
He underwent surgery. However, he encountered all kinds of complications post surgery. His circulatory system, lungs, and kidney failed. He had almost no urine output so he was placed on a 24/7 bedside dialysis. He continued to be intubated for the next three weeks. He developed pneumonia and bacterial infection from the catheter line. He then underwent a tracheostomy procedure. Meanwhile, there was little blood flowing on his right leg and since he is diabetic, the leg started to darken and gangrene crept all the way up to his knee. Since limited blood flowed to his extremities, he suffered from Limb Ischemia. The hospital was not able to do aggressive interventional procedures and it soon became a decision of life over limb. Unfortunately, his limb had to be amputated. Being bedridden and unable to move, the bedsores on his back progressed rapidly and deepened, requiring several debridement procedures in the operating room.
He is continuing to fight for his life and the medical bill as of December 28, 2020 has reached USD 154,344 or PHP 7,431,671 in Philippine peso equivalent. With the continuous treatments and medicines, our family has already depleted our resources to pay for his medical bills.
My sister, Teresita, and I are fervently hoping for the recovery of our brother. He is a kind soul who deserves to continue to be the guiding light of his loving wife and his devoted sons. I know that Nash wants to see his little two-year old granddaughter grow up to be young lady. We are knocking on your kind hearts to help us fund his medical bills. Please help us give Nash a chance to be with his family longer.
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