My name is Douglas Tyrone Leyva and I have been a disciple for more than 25 years, and my wife has been a disciple for almost 20 years now. We’ve been married for almost 7 years now and have a one year old boy son. We’ve been living in the Philippines for three years now and are part of the Rizal Church. It’s been a privilege to serve the church here and everywhere we’ve been to. Last month, our whole household was struck with covid. We couldn’t believe it, since we’d been so cautious for over a year. First, my Aunt Amparo fell very sick and my wife and I were in close contact with her, taking care of her. Unfortunately she passed away after three days. A couple of days later, we found out she had covid and that’s when we all eight of us were advised to go into quarantine and get swabbed for covid. Sure enough the next day all of us except for one of my sisters tested positive for covid, even our one year old. He started having a fever and although he wasn’t gasping for air, his oxygen levels were starting to drop. We rushed him to ER, but they didn’t want to take responsibility for him. They kept telling my wife that he was feeling well and to go home. My wife told them she would leave as soon as he was either stable or we had found a suitable place for him. In the meantime, my wife kept him on oxygen support while we were calling up hospitals, doctors, and anyone who could help us get the medical assistance my son needed at the moment. About 12 hours later, my son and my wife were admitted at a hospital where they didn’t have a pediatrics section for covid, therefore they had to stay among adults who had covid. This was a risk we were willing to take because he needed oxygen support and other medical interventions. The few days were tough, since he was in critical condition and there was only one nurse for 13 patients. My wife had to continuously check for his vitals just to make sure he was still with us. He had to be administered stronger antibiotics because the first ones were enough. Thankfully we were able to hire a full time nurse to help my wife out with my son and by God’s Grace, he responded well to all the medication and they were able to go home after 10 days. My mother on the other hand, is still in ICU, sadly. She’s been battling there for almost a month now. Even though she was admitted early because she had a history of pneumonia, her health has been deteriorating day by day.
It’s been so challenging and heartbreaking to see her in this condition. We’ve been praying to God to be surrendered with His will. On our finances part, Samuel's bill was P200,000 we were able to have discount from health insurance of 40,000 and was able to pay the bill from our families savings and from the help of relatives and churchmates. However, my mother's bill is approximately around 2.5Million Pesos. We are working so hard to pay in whatever means but it is not enough as she is still in the hospital battling her life. Whatever amount from any help of the organization, we would be grateful and thankful.
Thanks to generous ETF donors, this need has been met!