Help bring Crisanta home

UPDATE, Wednesday March 21: At last, Crisanta is home! She returned safely Tuesday on a flight from Manila with her daughter and a MedEvac Canada doctor, and is now resting at home. Daniel is thrilled that everything went well and that she is now in the care of the Canadian medical system. He thanks everyone for their thoughts, prayers and generous donations to this campaign.

Crisanta's story: As many of you already know, Crisanta Sampang, our friend Daniel Wood’s wife, suffered a heart attack while on a short trip to visit family in the Philippines a few weeks ago. After being transferred to a specialized cardiac hospital in Manila, she was scheduled for surgery to implant a stent. That news was bad enough, but after further evaluation, doctors there determined that she needs open-heart surgery, a far more serious procedure.
Crisanta did not have any travel health insurance and the costs were already piling up. But with the cost of open-heart surgery in Manila estimated in six figures, along with the additional expense of Crisanta having to remain in the Philippines for as long as six months to recover on her own, Daniel scrambled to find an alternative. 
Daniel and a Vancouver friend contacted MedEvac Canada to try to find a way to get her home, and settled on an emergency medivac strategy. They’ve arranged for Crisanta’s daughter Catherine, who has some medical training, to fly from her home in Seattle to Manila, and she is there now to provide her mother with some comfort. And under MedEvac Canada’s guidance, Catherine and a MedEvac doctor will accompany Crisanta on a 14-hour Philippine Airlines flight to Vancouver (in business class for Crisanta’s comfort) on March 20.
Obviously, Daniel is immensely relieved that Crisanta will soon be home with him and in the care of the Canadian medical system. But in the meantime, Daniel and Crisanta are facing tens of thousands of dollars in bills for her Manila hospital care, the MedEvac Canada services, and airfare — all unexpected costs that they really can’t afford. 
Many of you have already asked if there is a way you can help, and there is. Along with your kind thoughts and prayers, please consider contributing whatever you can to help defray the enormous costs they are facing. Every cent raised will go to the family.
You can leave a note of support for Daniel and Crisanta with your donation, or you can choose to contribute anonymously. Any amount would help and would be greatly appreciated. 
If you have any questions about donating, send me an email (click on the envelope icon beside my name on the right side of page). And if you have any doubts about the authenticity of this campaign, please contact Daniel ([email redacted]); he is aware of and has consented to its creation.
Thank you.


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Joanne Blain 
Vancouver, BC
Daniel Wood 
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