Daughter appeals for dad's treatment

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


THE text message seeking publication of the plight of Abe Aplasen, a 36-year-old kidney patient from Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet, was urgent: “Nu maminsan ket haan (isu) agpdialysis ta mabain nga pati pamasahe na ket magapo kni mr. ko (Sometimes he won’t go for dialysis as he’s embarrassed when even his transport fare would come from my husband.)"

The message came from Abe’s sister, Annie Aplasen-Yadno, one of three women who, last month, submitted the medical papers of their relatives needing publication of their need for help to sustain their lifetime hemodialysis treatment for kidney failure.

If it’s any consolation, Abe is the only unmarried of five children of vegetable farmer-couple Hilario and Maria Aplasen of JB 092 Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet. He has no family to raise and now survives on the kindness of his parents and his four sisters’ families.

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In her report, social worker Maria Lourdes Taguiba said Abe was hospitalized in January 2011 for urinary tract infection. He was advised to regularly take maintenance medicine but was not able to due to financial limitations.

Early this year, he was rushed to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for the signs of kidney disease -- difficulty in breathing and urinating and body edema. Last February, he had his first dialysis treatment at the renal center of the BGHMC.

These days, the treatment is scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays and Fridays.

On occasions, he’d miss treatment when the family is unable to raise the cost pegged at P2,200 per session.

People who can help may call Annie’s cellphone number at (0907)978-0521. As two Samaritans did for 61-year-old Emilda Bustarde, a kidney patient from Ma. Basa, Barangay Pacdal here who has been surviving on twice-a-week hemodialysis since last March.

Her daughter, Jocelyn Balanag, who sought publication of the patient’s case, said a government official handed P10,000 while a certain Anthony Cachero contributed P4,000.

“Dakkel nga tulong kaniami diay inted da ta naigatang ko ti tallo (bags) nga dara ken pagbayad ti dialysis ni nanang ko (They gave us so much support I used in buying three units of blood and in paying my mother’s dialysis treatment),” Jocelyn texted. (Ramon Dacawi)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 25, 2014.

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