Help Pay My Mom Cynthia’s Medical Bills & Funeral

THE BACKSTORY

I am Shiela and I am raising funds for my mother Cynthia who’s in the hospital right now in Tacloban City, Philippines. 

On February 2nd this year, she went to see a doctor due to some respiratory problems. Chest x-ray was done and according to the doctor she has fibromyalgia. While she was there admitted in the hospital, her condition worsened from normal breathing to difficulty breathing, weakness, loss of appetite, etc. She had to wear an oxygen mask on the second day of her stay in the hospital. She had to be admitted for observation purposes. On the fourth day, she was ready to go home (at least that’s what she thought) so was released. Few hours of being home she had severe difficulty in breathing that she had to be rushed back to the hospital. At this point, the hospital came clean and told us that she doesn’t have fibromyalgia but congested heart failure and had to be transferred to a bigger hospital that’s about four hours away from home.

AT THE BIG HOSPITAL IN TACLOBAN CITY, PHILIPPINES 

My mom was brought to a hospital in Tacloban City through the local town’s ambulance where the local hospital was located in Eastern Samar on February 7th. Necessary arrangements had to be done for them to be able to travel due to Covid restrictions. When they got to the hospital, they were tested to see if they had Covid. The doctors there thought she has Covid-19. Results came negative. 

After series of blood work and lab tests done it was found out that my mother’s organs are damaged: lungs, kidney, heart, and liver among other things. She has also hepa and diabetes. She’s still using an oxygen mask but is no longer wheezing. Praise the Lord! She has tons of phlegm in her lungs that prohibits her from breathing normally. Her doctor also suggests that she goes under dialysis treatment to clean her kidneys. They suggest three sessions a week.  Because she’s unable to eat they plan to put a gastric tube so they can give her milk or blended food. They also plan to put something on her neck. 


THE COSTS

They’ve been in the hospital for five days now and her hospital bill has skyrocketed to the point that the hospital doesn’t want to proceed intreating her unless payments be made. Her current bill is roughly $3,206.02 (153,995.7Php) not including the different medicines our family already bought and also the food of my aunt and my stepdad who are in the hospital with her, and the trips to the pharmacy to buy medicine. She would also need subclavian catheter that costs about $150.00.

My mom is a public school teacher and has emptied her savings with numerous trips to the doctor. Unfortunately, none was able to diagnose her situation early on except for diabetes. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP

It would mean the whole world to me and my family if you could please help us by praying and donating any amount you are able to give. My mom is only 64 years old and we pray for a mricle in her life. We really wished that we were able to find out about her health condition sooner but it is what it is now. 

Your donation will allow my mom to be able to stay in the hospital and be treated for all her health issues and also support my aunt and my stepdad with their basic needs like food and trips to the pharmacy and back to the hospital and medicine as well. 

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

In behalf of my family, I would like to thank you all for reading this, praying for a miracle for my mom, strength for our family, and wisdom for medical providers, and sharing what you’re able to give. May the Lord repay your love, kindness, and generosity towards us.

PHOTOS

This is a photo of my mom at work. She is a public high school teacher. 

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54524432_1613105616488680_r.jpegThis is a photo of her and her husband, my stepdad. 

We will be sharing photos of her current situation as soon as we get my brother to Tacloban City to be able to lend them a smartphone. Yes, that’s how poor and simple my family is. 

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Organizer

Shiela Burkhardt 
Organizer
Umatilla, OR
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