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Kalipay witnesses another life transformation: Update on our dear Levi

 

Levi has undergone two procedures to treat his Nasofrontal Encephalocele, a congenital defect caused by the failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. The condition is generally operable, but is often treated shortly after birth as complications could be more severe if corrected later.


Last July 16, 2014, Levi went through the first procedure which was the installation of a Ventriculo-Peritoneal (VP) shunt to drain the fluid from the encephalocele. The procedure went smoothly, and afterwards, Levi was moved to one of Kalipay’s homes which was nearer to the hospital to better monitor his recovery.


On October 15, 2014, Levi underwent an 8-hour operation, which involved the removal of the sac, and the reconstruction of his nose. Prior to the procedure, the following risks were identified: hemorrhage, infection, and leaks. At the beginning of the surgery, Levi’s heart rate was very high, and the anesthesiologist had to make the necessary adjustments to stabilize it. As soon as he was stable, they proceeded with the surgery.

 

He is still being closely monitored in one of our homes. There is a great improvement in his moods since he no longer gets headaches. He is also able to drink straight from a glass or a cup whereas before he needed to use a straw to drink from a glass. These days, he enjoys doing art projects and spending time with the other kids of Kalipay.

 

Kalipay wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support that the Levi campaign received both from the local and international community and also the team of medical specialists: Dr. Mario Marchadesch, Dr. Pamela Marchadesch, and Dr. Jesus "Bong" Paltriguera for offering their services for free.