|Sharing love across borders via social media|
|Date : 2017.03.01|
“Please help my child. Please save my son.” In November of last year, a message from the Philippines was delivered to AMC’s Facebook messenger. The sender was Baustina Gonzaga Cynthia (female, 45). She desperately appealed for AMC to save her son. The boy, Allison, was born with Down’s syndrome in 2015 and diagnosed with congenital heart disease when he was two months old. However, he couldn’t receive proper treatment because his family couldn’t afford it. AMC immediately responded to her SOS via social media, and Allison received surgery on January 17. AMC fully covered their airfare, surgery fee, and cost of stay. The photo shows Professor Yun Tae-jin of the Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery (right), who performed the surgery, checking the boy’s condition on January 19.
<“Please help my son,” Filipino mother sends out an SOS to Facebook>
A Filipino child with congenital heart disease named Bautista Chyro Allison received surgery on January 17. He was born with Down’s syndrome in December 2015 and diagnosed with tetralogy of fallot (TOF) two months later. TOF is a congenital heart defect involving four anatomical heart malformations.
AMC learned of the boy’s story through a one-line message sent by his mother, Bautista Gonzaga Cynthia (45), to AMC’s Facebook page in November 2016. “Please help my child. Please save my son.” The message expressed a mother’s desperation to save her one-year-old son.
He urgently needed to undergo surgery for TOF as soon as he was diagnosed with it in order to prevent growth problems. However, his father, who worked as a waiter in Saudi Arabia, alone and away from his family to earn money, couldn’t afford his son’s medical expenses. For the poor family, surgery was out of the question. Allison suffered delayed development and could barely sip water. Watching his lips turn pale, the mother’s heart was torn apart.
While searching for information on the disease, she found an article stating that AMC provides medical volunteer activity in the underdeveloped countries or invites patients to AMC for treatment. With a faint glimmer of hope, she sent a message to AMC’s Facebook page.
AMC asked ‘the food for the hungry international’examine the situation and underwent the administrative procedure to invite the patient and his caregiver to Korea. He was hospitalized in AMC on January 16 and received surgery from Professor Yun Tae-jin of the Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery on the next day.
Ms. Cynthia said, “I didn’t expect that I would really have a chance to get my child treated via social media, but Korea gave my child and family an invaluable gift. I would like to thank the AMC medical staff and all the people who helped us. I will never lose hope and will raise him into a healthy person.” AMC fully supported their airfare, surgery fee, and cost of stay.