Until a month ago, Maricris was regularly coming to the office to help us with various things. Thus it came as a big surprise when news reached us that her husband Jimmy brought her to the ER of Riverside Hospital on a Sunday evening because she could hardly breathe. It was pneumonia, and high risk at that, Jimmy told us the following day. Maricris was prescribed with powerful antibiotics to combat her pneumonia as well as the sepsis in her blood. But her spirit was indomitable, and on one occasion even said to the doctor who was explaining to her about her disease, "My God is mightier than those bacteria."
Maricris stayed in the hospital for eight days. She is gradually recovering and is most thankful to the PSHF for responding to her financial needs. (October 2013)
Maricris was recently diagnosed with a relatively uncommon disease among females - hernia and still more recently, Hepatitis C which is an infectious disease that affects the liver. This means that she can not have her dialysis anymore at the public hospital in Silay, which should have been a lot cheaper. This also means going to Riverside Hospital for her biweekly dialysis sessions at a cost of pesos per session. Amidst these medical concerns, she has happily volunteered to help write proposals for the PSHF Bacolod office. (September 2013)