Lennon’s Heart

My cousin has always been an avid fan of The Beatles, particularly John Lennon, that it comes as no surprise that he named his firstborn child Lennon.

My newest nephew, Lennon, was born on 08 August 2016. We all thought that he was a healthy baby, considering that both parents were also healthy. A week after, while in a routine check-up, he was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA).

According to Centers for Disease and Prevention, TGA is a heart condition that is present at birth. It occurs when the two main arteries going out of the heart are switches in position or transposed.

Lennon had to undergo an open-heart surgery at 11 days old to correct his TGA. The procedure was successful and he is currently recovering at The Philippine Heart Center. He is still confined in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and as expected, this doesn’t come cheap.

As far as I know, the procedure is around PHP1M (USD20,000.00) and this doesn’t include the medicines, hospital room, equipment, doctor’s fee, etc. When I visited him last week, I found out that the hospital room itself was already PHP3,900.00/day (USD80.00), and this is separate from the ICU.

While my cousin and his wife are hardworking individuals, they simply cannot do this on their own. The expenses are piling up by the day. My cousin set up a GoFund Me account to raise funds for Lennon’s medical bill. I’m not sure how this works, but I hope you can check it out when you have time.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/babylennonpolinag

He’s a fighter, this one. We believe that he will get through this ordeal stronger than ever.


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