I am Billie Tan (mother), 36 years old from Tac-an Budla-an Cebu City. I have an 8 month old baby named Heinrick Fenzie Tan who was born December 13, 2011. He was diagnosed with Tricuspid valve Atresia Type 1-C – the third most common form of cyanotic congenital heart disease with Ventricular Septal defect, Atrial Septal defect, Patent Ductus Arteriorsis, Left sided aortic arc, pulmonary hypertension.
MAY DALAWANG BUTAS AT DALAWANG BARADO ANG UGAT SA PUSO. The deformity consists of a complete lack of formation of the tricuspid valve with absence of direct connection between the right atrium and right ventricle. The left ventricle comprises most of the ventricular mass in tricuspid atresia because of the volume overload due to receive all the venous return and persistent hypoxemia, decreased ventricular function may result in fibrosis, decreased ejection fraction, mitral annular dilatation, and mitral annular dilatation and mitral insufficiency.
Tricuspid atresia may be lethal at birth. Without repair, the patient rarely survives to adulthood. To fix this heart problem, he needs the three surgical operation:
(1) PA Banding – The primary objective of performing pulmonary artery banding is to reduce excessive pulmonary blood flow and protect the pulmonary vasculature from hypertrophy and irreversible (fixed) pulmonary hypertension.
(2) Glenn Shunt – The insertion of conduit device to redirect blood flow. The conduit device cost Php 200k-300k depending on the length to be used.
(3) Fontan Operation – It involves diverting the venous blood from the right atrium to the pulmonary arteries without passing through the morphologic right ventricle.
Heinrick has taken his first steps through a successful Pulmonary Artery Banding at the Philippine Heart Center in Manila last June 20, 2012. We went back last July 17, 2012 and he still recuperating his wound in the house. Henrick is well taken care of by his Father because of his vulnerability.
One week after we arrived, he has been admitted at Perpetual Soccour Hospital because of acute gastrointestinal infection, coughs and colds.
On August 13, 2012, we rushed him to Chong Hua Hospital for fever, coughs and colds because of his pneumonia in the right upper lung. He now has maintenance medication and antibiotic for his pneumonia.
I am a sole breadwinner of the family because my husband, Francis, attends to Baby Heinrick’s needs and we also have a a daughter who’s 12 years old. I am working in one of the biggest department store in Cebu as an office staff and my income is low that it cannot sustain the medication of my son as well as the cost of the conduit device for his next operation and that will happen mid next year.
My son is a gift to our family. He is an angel given by God. He is our strength and inspiration to kep us moving in life. As a mother who loves my son very much, I will do everything in order to support him financially for his medical expenses and give him a chance to live longer and healthier life.
My son is brave and strong and he is fighting his life, so we will fight for him as well. Heinrick deserves to have a better life in the future. He deserves to be live a longer and happier life; who play toys, stroll around in the playground, go to school and enjoy the beauty of the world.
In this regard, I am knocking to everyone’s kind heart for financial assistance for his medications and for us to be able to afford the conduit device worth Php 200k-300k so that the Glenn Shunt surgery can happen next year.
MOST OF ALL, I NEED YOUR PRAYERS THAT HE MAY PASS THROUGH ALL THE SURGERIES AND WILL LIVE A BETTER LIFE IN HIS ADULTHOOD.
PLEASE SAVE HEINRICK’S HEART
THANK YOU AND MAY GOD COUNTLESS BLESSINGS BE WITH YOU IN RETURN.
Contact: Billie Tan at (mother) at:
Office: (032) 231-7888