I wish to extend my sincerest gratitude to all of you who were the instruments of God that I be given another new purposeful life. I wish someday I will be able to repay you all for your kindness…
These are the people who I personally call my own #TeamBuhay (TeamLife)
Cardiovascular surgeons: Dr. Aleta, Dr. J. Bautista, Dr. R Hojilla
Cardiologists: Dr. S. Black, Dr. J. Calibuso, Dr. H. Helenne Brown
Pulmonologists: Dr. Ruel Revilla, Dr. Jovy Nigos, Dr. Kareem Mejia Eustaquio
Anesthesiologists: Dr. Juffey S. Tabingan Dr. L. Revilla, Dr. Florentino
Neurologist: Dr. Dudds Fangonilo
Gastroenterologist: Dr. William Antonio
Nephrologist: Dr. Vivian Untalan
Endocrinologist: Dr. Raymond Oribio
Infectious Disease: Dr. Rhoda Lynn Orallo-Fajardo
Physiatrist (Rehabilitation Medicine): Dr. Judah Leo Capistrano
and the NDCH Resident physicians – Dr. Venus, Dr. Von, Dr. Novie, Dr. Jen, Dr.Rainville, (forgive me if I missed someone)
NDCH NURSING STAFF
OR AND ICU: Regene Flora, Maura Maggudayao, Pauline Alzona, Michelle Ariz
Nicolette Batenga, Moby Burayag, Kenneth Cosi, Aljan Jay Mendoza, Miles (who guards my secret after shaving me and inserting my IFC LOL), Chief Nurse Sr. Cora (who strictly implemented the visitation restrictions and for that wonderful salads she always prepared for me when I was already on full diet).
NDCH Administration: Sr. Adelina Javellana, who facilitated the my team of cardiovascular surgeons who was supposed to be on their way back to Manila and whose birthday celebration I interrupted with my tragedy
PCDH Emergency Staff: (my apologies for not gathering your names) who were the first line and bore the stress during my resuscitation
Dr. Efren Balanag for the first blows of breathe
Dr. Cristy Marrero, for intubating me
Dr. Arlene Baguilat for facilitating my transfer from PCDH to NDCH
For the other people that were as well instrumental for my survival, without your help I wont be able to make it:
SLU Pediatric Residents: Dr. R. Arca, Dr. Jeh del Rosario, Dr. Resie Casem, Dr. A. Aragon, Dr. Ivy Ausa, Dr. Terence Fang – for facilitating blood units and blood donors for my emergency surgery
My blood donors: Dr Giovanni Balangay, Dr Delvyne Agsalud, Dr Karol Villanueva, Dr David Dumaup, Dr Philip Parilla, Mr Arca — husband of one of my Pedia resident Dr Rowena Arca
To my residency batchmates who stood by me like my brother and sister – Dr. Tolits Domingo and Dr. Myra Estrada
My “mother” during my residency Dr. Gomez, who kept comforting my biologic mother.
SPECIAL THANKS also goes out to:
My Pediatrician colleagues in the entire Baguio Community, actually the BBMS
The Philippine Pediatric Society – Northern Luzon Chapter
Dr. Benjie Co and Bob James Carreon
My USTH Family
The Philippine Society of Newborn Medicine
Cong Mark and Kimi Cojuangco who sent their staff to check on my condition and offering help
My twitter gangster family who have been in my defense while being attacked by a certain @ConcernedAntiRH, labelling me an abortionist #7 at the time I was struggling and fighting for my life
Sen Pia Cayetano for the thoughtful gift
my Facebook friends and others who joined the prayer brigade for my survival and recovery
my gym friends Ms Rina, Rose, Grace, Dindin, Guion, Kylie, Ate Len, Rhoda, Fred, Jun, Erick, Aldrin, Atty Jeff
My mother Maria, my father John, my brother Lawrence, and my sisters Vanessa and Candice, my nephews Laurent Jan and Viktor Rami, and cousin Raquel.
(I may have forgotten some people who were crucial to my survival and recovery, please do forgive me. I think my short term memory has been somewhat affected)
And above all, the Lord Almighty for the second chance to live life purposefully anew.
A BIG BIG THANKS to all of you.