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Help My Father Battle With Wernicke Encephalopathy

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Hello everyone,

God is indeed Jehovah-Jireh! Be believe that there would be more good Samaritans who will help us to save our dear father.

Intensive Care Unit

For more than six days, my father was treated well in the ICU. With all the tests performed, my father was diagnosed as having mild stroke, with slight swelling in his brain. He had low sodium in his body and was vitamin B1-deficient which was the reason why he was so weak and had uncontrollable tremors. On top of extensive PTB, my father has also an early stage of liver cirrhosis.

It seemed like my world was shaken and I had to question God why was it happening. We don’t have money to pay for the hospital bills. Where would we get the money? I know God saw our situation.

On October 17, it was found out that my father had bacterial meningitis and he was developing hydrocephalus. My father was indeed severely sick and we had to stay longer in the hospital. We were getting more hospital bills and they were becoming more expensive. God is indeed Jehovah-Jireh! There were good Samaritans who helped us. We received financial support and it helped us augment our capacity to pay for my father’s hospitalization.

Wernicke Encephalopathy, Metabolic Encephalopathy and Hydrocephalus

On October 18, 2020, we finally got out of ICU. My father was transferred to a regular room. We chose the cheapest room because our hospital bill was piling up and we could not afford it anymore. After a couple of days in the private room, my father’s hydrocephalus progressed. He was also diagnosed as having Wernicke Encephalopathy and Metabolic Encephalopathy. These were caused by vitamin B1 deficiency due to prolong use of alcohol. It causes brain damage that a patient experiencing these wouldn’t be able to walk, stand, speak and it would also affect the eyes and cause dementia or confusion. All of these were symptoms that my father had.

Due to his hydrocephalus progressing, my father had developed over sleepiness and he started to barely speak. The neurologist suggested that my father should go through VP shunt procedure. It is a surgery wherein a tiny tube is installed in the brain and put the other end of the tube down into the stomach to drain the excess fluid in the brain that causes pressure that results to endless sleeping. The procedure alone costs us ₱95,000 ($2,100) plus the Operating Room charges of ₱54,886.75($1,200). It worried us because my father’s cardiac condition was not well and he had low potassium level. We were scared that we got overwhelmed by fear of losing our father during the brain procedure.

But God is good. He has better plans for the life of my father and I know that He still has a purpose for him. After an hour in the OR, my father’s operation was successful. He got better right after the surgery. He could open his eyes right after we woke him up. He was also responding when we asked him though in a very low and weak voice. Jesus was with him and I know Jesus has been with him all throughout the time when my father was enduring the pain because of his medical condition.

Be A Good Samaritan

Just like in the parable found in Luke 10:25-37, it is my prayer that you become a good Samaritan for my father and for our family. Be a part of my father’s second chance with life as he fights the battle with Wernicke Encephalopathy and Metabolic Encephalopathy. As of the time of writing this story, our hospital bill has piled up to ₱437,787.88 ($9,350) plus doctors’ fee. We surrender it to God and we trust His presence in the midst of us in this trying time. The pandemic has made everything harder. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, we could have taken our father to the hospital as soon as the first week of September. I know the Lord put us in this very difficult situation for a reason. This is part of his plan for my father’s life and for the lives of my whole family. He is with us all the time. He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Our family has exhausted all our means and resources to partially pay for the bills. My father will be confined for another few days and bills will continue to pile up. Please help us with your financial support. Be a blessing and be blessed. My family and I will be happy and forever thankful if you share this story. Thank you and the Lord bless us all!

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