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Kalipay: Levi needs help


July 24, 2014

Help is needed for a 13-year-old boy suffering from Nasofrontal Encephalocele, a congenital defect caused by the failure of the neutral tube to close completely during fetal development,  Kalipay Foundation president Anna Balcells said yesterday.

Levi was rescued from the streets by Kalipay and has been living in one of the homes of the foundation ever since, she said.

He has a large mass on his nose, but never had the chance to have it checked because of his family’s financial constraints.  As soon as Kalipay rescued him, he was able to seek medical attention with the consent of his parents.

After consultations with experts and undergoing advised laboratory tests, Levi was diagnosed to have Nasofrontal Encephalocele.

As soon as the defect was identified as operable, Kalipay met with doctors involved to come up with a concrete plan, Balcells said.

Levi needs to undergo three major procedures:  the first will be the installation of the Ventricular Peritonial shunt where the cerebral spinal fluid in the sac located above his nose will be drained out.  After Levi recovers he will then undergo a second procedure where the encephalocele (sac with fluid) will be disconnected from the brain. Finally, the last part will be the removal of the sac which a form of reconstructive surgery.

Once the plan was put in place, Kalipay decided to raise funds for the treatment plan for Levi.  A campaign was started, and letters were sent to Kalipay’s supporters and benefactors to garner as much support at possible, Balcells said.

The first of the series of procedures was done  July 16. Levi is  now recuperating  under close observation. He will be then  be scheduled for follow-up check-ups and tests.  The latter will then determine the next date for the other procedures, she said.

The medical plan for Levi is in action. The expenses do not only include the hospital and doctors’ fees, but also the different diagnostic tests, medicines, and for contingency in cases of complications, Balcells said.

“With all the expenses for Levi’s treatment, Kalipay is in dire need of financial assistance.  We are appealing to everybody.  The campaign for Levi is still ongoing. Your assistance will definitely go a long way in helping our dear Levi,” she said.*