Aug 30, 2021

Medical and Nutrition Updates

This is a report on the medical and nutritional program of the kids in Tahanan ng Pagmamahal from June to August of this year 2021.

 

The donations you have given us enabled us to buy Vitamin C to boost and strengthen the immune system of the forty-one (41) kids in Tahanan. We also bought multivitamins to increase their appetite thereby improving their body weight and nutritional status.

 

We bought anti-nausea, cough and cold medicine as well as antihistamines for those who had rashes and fever medication for twenty-eight (28)children who were afflicted with those illnesses. One child is currently in isolation for showing COVID symptoms. He tested negative for COVID. However, he will finish the isolation period until all his symptoms clear out.

 

Balanced meals of meat, vegetables and carbohydrates were given to forty-one (41) children. Special milk addressing Lactose intolerance and Allergies to Cow’s Milk Protein were purchased as well.

 

Thefoster parents and staff of Tahanan ng Pagmamahal underwent an outreach program by the Philippine Association of Nutrition early August (prior to the ECQ lockdown). The program was specifically tailored to impart feeding guidelines during the first 1000 Days of a child.Part of the program included various recipes to complement what the kids are already enjoying in Tahanan ng Pagmamahal.

 

The Covid pandemic has made it extra challenging for everyone to live normally and comfortably. It is with heartfelt gratitude that we write this report - that your untiring support in these challenging times have truly helped us in giving the kids what they medically and nutritionally need. Thank you for your generosity and support. God bless you.

Jul 19, 2021

Medical Challenges During the COVID 19 Pandemic

Frances during therapy
Frances during therapy

 

 

This project is specific to the medical and nutritional needs of our kids in Tahanan ng Pagmamahal. For all of you who have supported and are following this project, here is an update of where your love gifts have been used in the last 4 four months:

 

We at Tahanan have dealt with several medical challenges in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic. In the last four (4) months, we have shouldered on and celebrated big and small victories.

 

Forty-Six (46) kids got sick with different diseases: Bronchopneumonia/pneumonia, Asthma, Colds, Allergic Rhinitis, Rashes, Neonatal acne, Boils, Chronic Otitis Media, Hydrocele, Furunculosis, Fever, Inguinal Hernia, Atopic Dermatitis, Oblique Fracture of the Lateral 7th rib and Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA), but all of them recovered.

 

We were not spared from COVID 19 since we had five (5) children who tested positive. They had mild COVID symptoms. They were properly isolated in an upper room that was transformed into a quarantine area for them. All five (5) kids recovered.

 

Among our major victories in the last four (4) months was that of 8-month old Baby Arcq who underwent a successful emergency surgery due to Meckel’s Diverticulum. He was rushed in the middle of the night into the Emergency Room of The Medical City due to blood in his stool. He is lactose intolerant and has specific milk requirements. He is currently drinking NAN Optipro HW2 for 6-12 mos.

 

Another major victory was getting a clear prognosis for Baby Nash. Three (3) months old Baby Nash has Cow's Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) and increased fat globulos. Nutramigen LGG meets his specific milk requirement. 

 

Twenty-four (24) children were immunized against (Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR), Pentavalent Vaccine, Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, Vitamin A, Oral Polio Vaccine Inactivated Polio Vaccine)

 

From March to present, four (4) kids with speech delay are undergoing occupational and speech therapy. There are marked improvements from when they started compared to how they are at present: clearer enunciation of letters (R, S); pronounced interest in initiating conversations – greeting good morning, informing others where he/she is going (“Dito ka lang, may therapy ako” – roughly translated – “Stay here, I have therapy) expressing what they want, speaking in a complete sentence; interest in holding or having a proper pencil grip. These sessions are held once a week from March until September.

 

All forty-eight (48) children had their dental check-up before the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

 

We are grateful for your generous hearts and kindness. With your help, all our kids are medically declared healthy. They are fed nutritious meals; safe and protected from harm; loved and cared for by YOU, Tahanan’s house parents and staff. May the blessings you shared with us multiply and return to you a hundredfold.

Jun 22, 2021

Abel: A story of survival during the pandemic

Baby Abel in walker 2 weeks after his surgery
Baby Abel in walker 2 weeks after his surgery
Baby Abel is 8 months old, the youngest of the 6 children of his parents.  He was referred to “Tahanan ng Pagmamahal” for temporary shelter by one of the Social Welfare Offices.
When he was 2 months old prior to his referral at Tahanan,  he was confined in a hospital because of Tuberculosis and   COVID-19 infection.  Abel recovered from these illnesses. However, one early Saturday morning in June 2021, the houseparent was shocked by his huge bloody stool. He was rushed in the nearby hospital but after long hours of waiting, there was no room available to take him in. The only room available was very near a COVID ward which might increase the child's exposure to the virus again. He was transferred quickly to another hospital and was admitted in the emergency room where he underwent several laboratory tests including  RT-PCR test as a requirement prior admission.
Upon release of the negative COVID-test results, the child was immediately transferred to a clean room. He was diagnosed with Meckel’s Diverticulum, an uncommon congenital defect of the gastrointestinal tract which occurs in about 2% to 3% of the general population. Blood transfusion was done immediately the following day. An emergency surgery was completed successfully by several doctors in the midst of the pandemic where bringing children to the hospital is very challenging. Financial support from several generous donors saved the life of the child.  
We are, indeed, most grateful that Baby Abel is now playing, physically active and has completely recovered as if nothing had happened to him.
Thank you for being part in saving not only the life of Baby Abel but also the remaining 40 children who improved their health and sustained their physical needs. 
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