Itogon housewife pleads for help

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Friday, April 25, 2014


PEOPLE who have cash to spare for humanitarian purpose may turn to the renal room at the fourth floor of the annex building of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center constructed through the initiative of then Senator Juan Flavier.

From her hospital bed, kidney patient Evelyn Guiniguin-Bautista has asked her sister, Joana Guiniguin-Dang-ay, to air her plea for help, which the municipal social welfare of Itogon, Benguet has validated through a social case study report.

Bautista, a 35-year-old mother of two from Talnag, Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet has been confined at the BGHMC since March 15 for complications of kidney failure.

"She needs fund support for her thrice-a-week hemodialysis treatment," Joaana said last week. She also needs type A plus blood but donors of any type can go for extraction at the facility’s blood center as these can be exchanged with what she needs.

Evelyn, the fifth of nine children of “kaingin” (marginal) farmers Pedro and Antonia Guiniguin of Talnag, Itogon, was diagnosed for end-stage renal failure in February last year.

At P2,200 per treatment, her family just could not cope with the financial and emotional pressure of raising P6,600 a week for the blood-cleansing sessions scheduled every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the 3 or 4 p.m. shift.

“The meager income of the (patient’s) husband (Ariel) working as a driver earning P5,000 a month is being stretched to buy the basic needs of the family and if there is excess, it is often used for (her) medicines,” noted social welfare assistant Sharon Baroa.

Ariel drives a truck for a contractor. The couple has two daughters. Arlene, 12, is in the eighth grade while Lyka, 11, is in the sixth grade.
Evelyn’s plight was first published last September, drawing the support of a government official who gave P15,000 and another anonymous soul who delivered P2,000 at the dialysis room of the BGHMC. A certain Sonny of Atok, Benguet also contributed P5,000 then.

“We have to renew the appeal, given the fact that our resources had long been exhausted,” Joana said.

People who can help may ring up Joana’s cellphone number (09109162377). They can visit Evelyn in her hospital room or at the BGHMC hemodialysis center during her scheduled treatment session.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 26, 2014.

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