On Sunday the 22nd (two days ago) my brother Javier Monesterio - or Javi as you may know him - was rushed to the hospital where he remains in critical condition after a very severe and rare asthma attack caused his lungs to shut down. He is currently in a medically induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit at Aboott under close surveillance. His condition is stable and improving, but he is still unfortunately at a very high risk for lung collapse.
Shortly after admittance, the doctors performed a lung bypass surgery and put him on an Ecmo machine which essentially allows his body to operate without burdening the lungs. The machine artificially supports his breathing and oxiginates his blood, while the coma allows his body to rest and 'reset'. Javi has a very extreme form of Asthma that appears to be worsening with age. This particular attack was triggered by an undetermined allergen. Think of Javi's Asthma in a similar way to someone with a life-threatening peanut allergy... unfortunately we aren't currently aware what the allergen that caused this reaction is. While reflecting, Javi's doctor told us point blank, "this is as bad as asthma gets."
Despite the risks, Javi is a fighter and his vitals remain strong. We are hopeful and confident that he will make a full recovery. He's receiving the best possible care from the doctors, nurses, and entire Abbott staff - we can't thank them enough for their care.
If you know Javi, you know he's not the kind of guy to ask for help - but he needs it, so I am asking for him. His road to recovery will be difficult and expensive.
Javi is lucky to have insurance coverage that is paying the bulk of his hospital fees, but the minute he leaves he'll have amassed over $10K in out of pocket expenses including deductibles and testing/specialists/therapies to restore his health as well as to determine what caused the attack in the first place. This doesn't even take missed work into account, or the fact that the nature of his Type 2 Asthma may force him to find a new line of work that does not expose him to so many environmental allergens (he is currently a land surveyor for Solar power planning).
Javi has an amazing, compassionate, loving group of close friends & family that have been ever-present, visiting and calling us in the hospital and we couldn’t be more grateful for all of the love and support.
Our goal is to help prevent financial anxiety and stress from being part of Javi's recovery plan, which is especially important given that anxiety and depression have direct links to worsening Asthma symptoms, especially for people with Type 2 asthma like Javi.
Peace, love, and THANK YOU.
Claire Monesterio & Family
All funds raised will go to Mario Monesterio (Javi's father) to be used towards medical and recovery expenses, including:
-Medical expenses for current hospitalization: His health insurance deductible is $6,000 per year, which he reached the moment he was admitted to the ICU. Based on timing, he's expected to hit his 2018 deductable as well within the first months of the year.
-Medical expenses for post hospitalization recovery process: includes further testing, pulmonary specialists, pulmonary therapies, possible PTSD treatment. With his insurance coverage, his new medication will be somewhere between $100-300 per month out of pocket.
-Living expenses while he is unable to work during recovery period (undetermined amount of time as of right now).
-Lifestyle changes: Due to the nature of his Type 2 Asthma, he may be forced to find new work that does not expose him to so many environmental allergens (he is currently a land surveyor for Solar power planning). With a potential career change comes uncertinty with medical coverage and future earnings.
-Savings/financial cushion: We are hoping to be able to provide Javi with a worthy chunk of money for a health savings account to assist in case of any future emergency visits.
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