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Marko’s Brain Surgery & Rehab

$13,635 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 227 people in 1 month
Created October 31, 2018
De Guzman Cousins
on behalf of Felicia De La Vega
Last Friday (Oct 26), Marko, 20, a 4th year student studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sto. Tomas in the Philippines, got into a car accident along Taft Avenue involving the car he booked via a ride sharing app and another car. The accident resulted in severe traumatic brain injury for Marko—he fractured his skull and his brain was hemorrhaging profusely when he arrived at the hospital. His mom, Belot, had to make the difficult decision on his first day at the ER to put him under the knife for brain surgery to give him a fighting chance at survival. God is good, and the operation was successful, but his brain stem has been damaged severely, and up to this day he remains in critical condition. When he wakes up, he will have to face deficits because of the brain injury, including loss of language comprehension, weakness of the right side of the body (brain damage was on the left side), and more that the doctor cannot even begin to explain.

Marko comes from a small but very, very tight-knit family that consists of his mom, Belot, a humble school teacher, and his younger sister Erika, who is in 8th grade. His family and friends have been storming the heavens with prayers for him to get better, and he’s been soldiering on like a champ, but the bills are continuously piling up. His bill for the first 5 days in the hospital runs at almost P600k, without professional fees from the 10 doctors working with him. His daily ICU care, with machines and medicines, can amount to P60-80k per day. Right now we are looking at a few more weeks to maybe even months at the hospital given his current state. His injury will also incur rehabilitation costs that will have to be paid over a long period of time after he is released from the hospital. 

The battle still isn’t over, and Marko is mustering every ounce of his strength and will to survive everyday. Please help us see Marko through these trying times (the toughest he has had, and might ever have at such a young age) with lots of prayers and donations made through here. All funds received will go to Marko's hospital bills and lifelong care, amount of which is a big unknown.

Marko has such a long, happy, and bright future ahead of him, and he has always had so many dreams for his mom and sister after getting his diploma. Any kind of support will be a huge help in pushing him forward. He is already doing so much and continues to blow everyone’s mind with each passing day as he fights harder and harder, beating the odds of his condition. He just needs a little extra push to keep him going—continuous care at the ICU and the assurance of a complication-free recovery.

Let’s show our support for Marko to help rebuild his second chance at life.

Have a little faith, #StayStrongMarko! ❤️

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Our #MightyMarko is now an angel.

Up until his last breath, he put his Nanay Belot’s wishes first. He waited and fought for his life until she told him she was ready to let go, and didn’t want to see him in pain anymore. Now, he is free of the pain. He sees his family strong and vowing to take care of his Nanay Belot, sister Erika, and Ninang Lourdes while he’s away.

Now, his brain will never be confused, because he will watch from above as his friends and family tell the story of his life and how amazing he was as a friend, a nephew, a cousin, and the best kuya and son ever. He will never be lonely, because now he is with his Papa Tom and Tito Temboi in a better place. He will never have to worry about people taking care of him, because that is now his role to take on as our newest guardian angel.

You were all with us in the journey from the very beginning, from Belot’s first plea for prayers as Marko had to undergo brain surgery. Thank you all for the prayers, thank you for the overflowing love and support. Thank you for hoping with us and believing in Marko.

Details of Marko’s wake to follow. ❤️

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It has been 28 days since the accident involving the Grab car carrying Marko and a private vehicle, and Marko’s seizures have not ceased. After one complicated brain surgery and two other operations on his brain, repeated scans prove that the disrupted circulation of brain fluids due to thrombosed arteries and enlarged ventricles have scarred the brain tissues, leading to swelling and bleeding. Our chief attending physician spoke to the family and offered his team’s last card of treatment, shunting.

It is a permanent and very delicate procedure where a tube is implanted to divert the excessive fluid buildup trapped in the brain to a bigger cavity in the body to ensure continuous circulation and absorption. It will not work if Marko has the slightest infection of any kind. This is a risky procedure and any time an infection is spotted, shunting will not be possible. Marko developed an infection while in the ICU and had to be treated with the strongest antibiotics to manage it. Once cleared, our doctors will proceed.

Marko's case is but one of the thousands that our very good and kind neurosurgeons, Dr. Domingo and Dr. Concepcion, have handled, and yet they are shaken by how much trauma Marko's brain has absorbed. It is that bad.

Marko is alive. And keeps fighting. Kaya hindi sumusuko ang Nanay Belot at pamilya niya. He is awake but his brain is confused and hence has no regard for absolutely anything. If and when he goes home with the brain shunt that keeps him alive, he will be able to see people and things. But he will not be able to correlate them. He has no apparatus whatsoever to comprehend. The accident lost him his language center. His muscle tones on his right side will be spastic. He will be confined to a wheelchair and a hospital bed for only God knows how long. He has completely lost the ability to learn and understand anything, or recognize anyone—not even his own mother. “Makilala man lang sana niya ako,” has always been his Nanay Belot’s simple wish.

We have lifted everything up to the Lord. It was in His care that Marko survived and continues his fight. And while prayers are still our best nourishment, reality sets in. We have to fight in faith and in deed.

Today, 28 days from confinement, Marko’s hospital bill is a little over P3M. This can balloon to P6M if we include professional fees from a team of 15 doctors. Only God knows how long Marko will stay in the ICU, in the regular room, and in rehabilitation.

To the many people who reached out, our hearts go to you. Thank you for your relentless show of love and continuous support. Once again, please join us by praying and sharing this post for our #MightyMarko
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On behalf of Marko’s mother, Belot De Guzman, her sister Felicia De Guzman - De La Vega (based in the US), will be withdrawing donations needed to be transferred directly to Marko’s Philippine account.

We are beyond grateful for your overwhelming love and support.

Thank you,
De Guzman Cousins
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Raised by 227 people in 1 month
Created October 31, 2018
De Guzman Cousins
on behalf of Felicia De La Vega
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