The 9-year-old Troy Ehpaon whose entire body was severely burned in a fire last year resting in bed while waiting for his operation. Photo by Chris V. Panganiban
PLACER, Surigao del Norte--After months of being bedridden due to severe burns in his entire body, 9-year-old Troy Ehapon could now walk normally after a successful surgical repair by US-based doctors on a three-day medical outreach mission here last week.
Troy was among the 110 indigent patients coming from the neighboring towns of this province who availed of the free health treatment of the Medical Surgical Mission at the Provincial Hospital here jointly organized by Taganito HPAL Corporation and Taganito Mining Corp. (TMC).
Now on its seventh annual event, the medical outreach were participated by at least 57 volunteer specialist physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses all the wayfrom the US to diagnose and provide life-saving surgeries to selected poor patients needing immediate medical treatment.
Marites Nasayao Tero, community organizer of THPAL’s community relations department, said both their company and TMC shared all the financial expenses of the three-day medical mission including air fares from the US of the volunteer doctors , hotel accomodations, medical supplies, meals and transport of patients being fetched from their homes.
Among the illnesses being attended by the doctors this year were hernia, thyroid, mass tumors, cleft lips, TVH repair, hemorrhoid, MRM, mastectomy, lipoma and many other cases.
There are other serious cases that need equal medical attention but all eyes were focused on Troy’s case because of his traumatic ordeal when his entire body was gobbled by a flaming mosquito net in the tragic fire that razed several shanty homes of informal settlers in Pasig City.
As if the miseries were no enough for the helpless young Troy, Her mother abandoned their family after the incident while his father was shot dead by unknown motorcycle riding in tandem gunmen a month later after he was discharged from the hospital even as he still needs further medical treatment.
Troy’s aunt Melissa took care of him after he was orphaned and decided to bring him home to their hometown here with still in a precarious physical condition notably skin tissues as a results of burns deformed his feet and hands.
Doctors treating Troy has assured Melissa that he can now walk normally after his feet was surgically straightened while his hands will be treated next year when they come back for another medical mission.
Other patients which were also given special attention were a father and son who were suffering from cleft lips, a 54-year-old Mamanwa farmer suffering for 20 years from superficial parotidectomy or protruding of glands to facial nerves and mothers having severe cervical myomas but deprived of medical care because of costly surgical treatment.
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