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.
Gav was a new born baby placed in a small bag with small opening when he was found in a vacant lot. His family is unknown. He was turned-over to the City Social Welfare and Development. He was approximately 10 days old when he was referred to Tahanan ng Pagmamahal on December 2020 since the City Government have no facility for babies like him. Due to limited birth information, he was referred and admitted in the hospital for medical treatment because of suspected Sepsis, COVID-19 and physical jaundice. The child completely recovered and discharged from the hospital.
Gav gained weight and he is a well-baby. He likes to be cuddled most of the time. He is now attempting to roll-over side by side and responds when his name is being called. His developmental milestone is at par to his age of 3 months old.
Together, we can contiously helping him to grow well and continue developing his potential as an individual.
A story of God’s protection amidst the COVID-19 pandemic;
Airam was zero day old when she was found on July 26, 2020 in front of vacant house, wrapped with floral duster and placed in a carton box.
She was referred by City Social Welfare and Development to Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Children’s Home Inc. Upon admission the child was immediately referred to private hospital since most of the hospitals are full of COVID 19 patients, wherein she was diagnosed from Neonatal Pneumonia and Physical jaundice. She was discharged after 7 days of confinement and treatment.
Currently, Airam is gaining weight and growing well. Her sweet smile shows that there is hope regardless of her negative past experienced and the current pandemic. Airam biological parents are no where to be found.
Tahanan staff are trying their best to love, care and sustain her basic needs for her to continue growing well. Eventually become a effective citizen in our society.
Giving hope to a childlike Airam is the best we can do in the midst of this Pandemic. Let’s join hand and make a difference in this word.
Ken (not his real name) was surrendered by his biological mother and abandoned by his biological father. He suffered from pulmonary aeration, and linear fracture on right parietal. He had Traumatic brain injury, mild multiple old fractures due to some accidentally fell on the grown prior to his admission in the shelter. He also suffered from on Community Pneumonia and Pseudopterygium OU (on both eyes). He was 5 months old when he was admitted at Tahanan ng Pagmamahal.
Ken grows up without the presence of his biological parents, but he was well loved and cared by the staff. His basic needs were provided with the help of other people with same goal for children like him.
Ken is happy, sweet, smart, and smiling child. Unfortunately, he can’t see well due to eye problem. Ken’s face brightens and showed gratitude and more happiness when he was given pair of eyeglasses. The eyes are the window of the soul.
He gained self-confidence in running and playing well without hesitation and less worries from the staff since he can sees well. He also enjoyed watching, colouring and listening to stories.
Giving hope to a child like Ken can make a difference in this world.
Mary (not her real name) was approximately two (2) months old when she was found at the Edge side of the bridge. She was severly malnourished.
Mary grew up in the love and care of the Tahanan ng Pagmamahal staff and she was given her basic needs from some loving and generous donors. By God’s grace, she met her foster parents two months ago. Although she was shy to show her happiness then, she cheerfully showed it as soon as they left and eagerly awaited their return!
It was a bittersweet day for everyone when she finally left, but post of her showing her adjustment to her new family, and church, reassured the Tahanan staff that it was a good move. This was proven furthermore, when she came back Tahanan together with her foster parents for a visit. She had grown to be a tall, happy, charming and energetic 1 year old! Her papers is on process for adoption for her to have a permanent family.
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