Support for Jonas Lauron
Organized by: Love Jordan
My uncle Jonas Lauron suffered a hemorrhagic stroke a month and a half ago and we need help raising funds to ease the financial burden on his family in the Philippines.
**UPDATE: News of our campaign recently reached a friend who coincidentally has connections to the hospital my uncle is in. We've managed to arranged with the hospital for him to return home. On his return, his billl totaled to 900,000 pesos ($19,800). His mother in the Philippines has sold property in order to help pay this debt and now only 400,000 pesos ($8,800) is owed. In arranging his discharge, the titles to his family's home were given as collateral so we still hope to help to alleviate this burden on him and his family. I've changed the fundraising goal to $10,000, to include the hospital bills as well as physical therapy and medications.
First and foremost, Jonas is a father, a husband, a small business owner, an uncle, and a friend. He works to support his family by buying and selling eggs throughout the village and he owns a small convenience store in Davao, Philippines. His wife is Genie de Lara Lauron, who is the daughter of Emma and Vinces de Lara and the sister to my mom, Rene de Lara Jordan.
On April 18th, he started to complain about a severe headache and was taken to the hospital. He began uncontrollably vomiting and lost consciousness while on route. Once at the hospital, a CT scan revealed that he had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke with left side weakness. He then underwent an emergency brain operation and was afterwards immediately placed in the intensive care unit on a ventilator.
He stayed in the ICU for three week and, during that time, it was discovered that he had developed aspiration pneumonia as well as a pseudomonas infection. These infections can lead to inflammation, sepsis, and can be fatal if untreated. The antibiotics have been costly, with one treatment being 25,000 pesos alone.
Jonas has required a tracheostomy tube (a surgical opening in the neck) for breathing as well as a nasogastric tube (from the nose directly to the stomach) for meals as he reaches stability and begins to heal. He has endured rigorous physical therapy sessions in order to regain functionality. Despite the complications of the stroke, the surgery, and his prolonged hospital stay, he is now stable and has been cleared by the doctor to go home. Due to his medical bills, however, my uncle Jonas and his family can’t go home.
The way healthcare works in the Philippines is: if you’re not able to pay, you don’t get discharged. That means, as your stay lengthens, then so do your bills and much of it is paid out-of-pocket even with the national health insurance. With the hospital rooms, ICU stays, doctors’ fees, surgery fees, medicines, etc., the hospital bill given to my aunt and cousin currently totaled to about 1.7 million pesos.
Due to physical therapy (which is outside of the hospital bill) and a loss of my uncle’s income, my aunt and cousin are having a very hard time paying this bill by themselves. Between the families in our clan, we have managed to account for just about 1 million of those pesos but we’re still 700,000 short and, as previously stated, as the stay lengthens, so do the costs. My uncle Jonas has had the determination to fight back and regain his strength but money is the current obstacle on his way home and on his route to recovery, especially as these initial months following a stroke are the most critical. This is why we need your help.
700,000 pesos in the Philippines is equivalent to about $15,400. Our goal is $20,000 to account for the physical therapy sessions (1600 pesos/session out-of-pocket - which they've paused to lessen the financial burden) as well as the additional costs for how long my uncle may stay due to his incomplete bill.
I’m not typically a person who asks for help but my family as a whole is having a truly difficult time with this situation. Any amount of generosity (be it in donation or a simple spreading of word) would be very much appreciated and would help ease the financial and emotional burden that this tragedy has created for my uncle Jonas, his family, and our family as a whole.
Love Jordan on behalf of the Laurons