An online fund-raising campaign to help a student of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) hurt in a vehicular accident last month is now trending.
The campaign is meant to provide financial support for the hospital expenses of Marko, a 4th-year Mechanical Engineering student of UST who sustained serious injuries during a car accident along Taft Avenue on 26 October 2018.
In the past seven days a total of 140 people already donated for Marko’s treatment for a total amount of $9,825 of the $100,000 goal.
The accident resulted in severe traumatic brain injury for Marko. He fractured his skull and his brain was hemorrhaging profusely when he arrived at the hospital. His mom, Belot, had to make the difficult decision for him to undergo brain surgery.
While the operation was successful, Marko’s brain stem has been damaged severely and up to this day he remains in critical condition.
As a result of the brain injury, he may experience loss of language comprehension, weakness of the right side of the body (brain damage was on the left side) and other similar difficulties when he wakes up.
The fund-raising campaign was started at gofundme.com as Marko’s hospital bills began to pile up and his mother, a school teacher, does not have the resources to sustain his treatment.
His bill for the first five days in the hospital was nearly P600,000 without professional fees from the 10 doctors working on him. His daily ICU care, with machines and medicines, can amount to P60,00 to P80,000 per day.
“We are looking at a few more weeks to maybe even months at the hospital given his current state. His injury will also incur rehabilitation costs that will have to be paid over a long period of time after he is released from the hospital,” said the creators of the campaign who identified themselves as De Guzman cousins.
“Please help us see Marko through these trying times (the toughest he has had, and might ever have at such a young age) with lots of prayers and donations made through here. All funds received will go to Marko’s hospital bills and lifelong care, the amount of which is a big unknown,” they added.