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Father’s Day appeal: Help my baby live

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By Niño Luces

SORSOGON CITY – There is only one wish Richard Dichoso has on Father’s Day: That his newborn boy survives his fight against pneumonia.

Stephen Rhys was born last May 27 to Richard and his wife Louve Jean, who are from Barangay Buhatan, this city.

Baby Stephen Rhys Dichoso is being manually resuscitated at Sorsogon Doctor's Hospital. (VIA NIÑO LUCES / MANILA BULLETIN)

Baby Stephen Rhys Dichoso is being manually resuscitated at Sorsogon Doctor’s Hospital. (VIA NIÑO LUCES / MANILA BULLETIN)

Stephen Rhys was a godsend to Richard, who had long wanted to have a son. But his elation quickly turned into gloom.

“Nung ipinanganak siya, okey na­man. Matulugin siya at lagi ngang nagdi-dede. Kaya lang, nitong mga nakalipas na araw, bigla siyang umi­yak ng umiyak at nangitim na kaya dinala namin siya sa ospital,” said Richard, a 28-year-old tricycle driver. Doctors at Sorsogon Doctors Hospi­tal examined Stephen Rhys and told Richard and Louve Jean the baby has severe pneumonia.

The doctors recommended that the couple bring the baby to Manila where there are better medical facilities.

They brought Stephen Rhys to the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Quezon City, where he was still under observation Sunday.

“Nasa kritikal po siya na kundi­syon,” Richard said.

He said losing the baby would be devastating for him and Louve Jean.

“Ayaw po namin na mawala siya. Yan lang ang wish ko ngayong Father’s Day. Sana matulungan kami sa pambili ng gamot, sa ospital at kahit ano po. Ka­hit grocery kasi walang wala po kami,” he said.

While the child is in ICU, the Di­chosos have to stay temporarily at the hospital.

“Nasa ICU kasi si baby, so wala kaming ward. Sabi sa amin, mamili na lang kami kung saan kami dito,” Louve Jean told Manila Bulletin.

She said she feels the baby wants to live. “Iyak na nga ako ng iyak. Naaawa ako sa kanya. Ilang beses na siyang nangitim pero lumalaban talaga siya. Bilang ina, nararamdaman ko na gus­tong gusto niyang mabuhay,” she said.She strongly believes her child will re­cover.

“Malaki ang tiwala ko na gagaling siya. Sa Diyos ako umaasa at nanini­wala akong pagagalingin siya ni Lord,” Louve Jean said.

Richard said he is thankful to the kind souls who extended help before the baby was confined at PCMC, par­ticularly the Philippine Air Force, who provided a helicopter to bring the baby to Manila.

“Hindi kasi pwedeng ibyahe ang baby sa ambulansiya. Hindi pwedeng abutan ng eight hours sa biyahe kasi delikado daw,” Richard said.

Some local officials in Sorsogon also chipped in to buy the child’s medi­cine, he added.

But the Dichosos will need a bigger amount for the baby’s hospitalization and they don’t know who to turn to.

“Hindi pa po namin alam kung kailan kami lalabas. Sa ngayon na­kabantay kami kay baby. Di na muna namin iniisip yung pampabayad dahil mas iniisip namin yung kaligtasan ng bata. Pero hihingi po kami ng tulong sa inyo, kahit maliit o malaki man. Ka­hit ano, ngayon pa lang nagpapasala­mat na kami. Gustong gusto lang po namin na gumaling na si baby,” Rich­ard said.

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