John Jane Batirzal was a young man aspiring to be a doctor, so he could help others, when tragedy struck. During his third year of medical school, he was rushed to the hospital and he almost lost his life. He was diagnosed with Stage Five Chronic Kidney Disease. Despite his illness, John Jane fought on to finish medical school and is now a Medical Doctor. If he does not get the surgery he needs, he will not live much longer.
Please help us raise enough money to save this young doctor’s life, so he can go on to save the lives of others.
Please see more of John Jane Batirzal's amazing story below:
At one look you would not know that he is very sick. He entered his classes in the college of medicine chin up and with sure stride. He is one person who does allow himself to be beaten by any negative circumstance. He bounces back and works so hard. He finished his degree in medicine in one of Philippines distinguished medical schools as Cum Laude. He passed the board examination with flying colors. Such is the story of the 28 year old Dr. John Jane Batirzal.
Hardship seemed to be his friend, an ever present companion. At a very young age he had to brave the rough waters of life alone. His father left them for another girl when he was still 5years old. With three children to feed, clothe and sent to school, John’s mom was left with no choice but to work abroad. The three were left under the care of their widowed grandmother. The bigger responsibility of looking after his siblings was left on John’s young shoulders.
With no father to defend them, and no mother to baby them, John had to be tough. He had to swallow the pains silently and pretend that they don’t exist. He graduated his elementary and high school education with honors. He wanted to be a doctor, but with only his mother to support his studies, it was hard for him to enter medical school. He had to find another way. He had to get a scholarship. For him to do that he had to graduate his pre-med degree with a Latin Honor.
The struggle was real; with his earnest desire to succeed he had to endure years of sleepless nights. He graduated Bachelor in Nursing as a Cum Laude. With this, he was able to get a scholarship. At med school, he was one of the brightest. He was well on his way to realizing his dream. He was very happy. However, one fateful day in his third year, his health failed. He was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage V secondary to Post strep Glomerulonephritis ( End stage renal disease (ESRD), or renal failure, is the end stage of kidney function indicates that both kidneys are no longer working sufficiently to keep his body healthy and chemically balanced). Hence, he needed kidney transplant.)
His world crumbled down. Everything went blank and black. He could not see any light. That time, he felt that he was no longer living, but just existing. His emotions were numb. He wanted to cry but just could not. It was one of the darkest times in his life. Despite his ailment, he continued his studies.
With God’s grace John is now a doctor. He is already living his dream. He has found a noble reason for living by serving the sick despite his own physical malady. He works in two hospitals in between his dialysis sessions. It is a very tough arrangement but he is getting by just fine. After all, hardships are not alien to him. However, on August 10, 2018 after a grueling battle with Pulmonary Embolism, John almost died. His chance to survive was very slim. All the odds were against him.
However, with many prayers from family and friends, his life was extended. John’s viable hope to have a semblance of normalcy in his life is Kidney Transplant. But the procedure is very expensive. It is something that a new doctor like him and his single mother cannot afford. Thus, as John’s aunt, I am appealing to you my dear friends to help us raise funds for the transplant. Please allow yourselves to be God’s instrument to lengthen the life of one promising and service oriented doctor.
John Jane's Aunt,