To give her children back home in the Philippine a better life was what Oilivia Atanante hoped to do in traveling and working overseas. The humble single mother who works in Dubai wishes nothing but the best for them.
But sometimes life can be cruel as one of her daughters, Vengrace was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure on August 2 last year, and is in dire need of help to get a kidney transplant as soon as possible.
“Apektado na lahat…pagkain, bayad sa bahay at ng dalawa kong [anak na] estyudante…’Pag nakakakuha din ako ng pera pambayad sa dialysis. Wala akong naiipon para sa kidney transplant nya,” Atanante shared.
“May donor na kami [pero] ang problema ay pera. Kailangan ng P300,000 money sa bank account para maumpisahan na ang cross matching. Yun na lang ang kulang,” the distressed mother, who feels troubled and confused with the heavy burden she is going through at the moment, told Kabayan Weekly.
Her 18-year-old daughter had to stop going to school due to her condition, and she had been living on dialysis ever since the tragedy happened.
Atanante further said that the amount needed for the kidney transplant is approximately AED 100,000 (P1.2 million), 50 percent of which will be covered by PhilHealth.
“The remaining balance of P600,000 is to be borne by me…I have to pay AED100 a day for dialysis just to keep her alive. I am totally bankrupt. I m borrowing money from anybody to pay for the dialysis. I have been evicted from my bed space as I don’t have any money to pay,” Atanante, who earns AED1,400 per month for working as an assistant teacher, said.
She added that she also has other bills to pay and other kids to support too.
Living in the UAE for seven years, the overseas Filipina worker has been reaching out to people in her life for financial help.
“Ang St. Michael nagbibigay ng AED1,000,” said the Filipina mother.
“Minsan may time na wala akong maipadala, nanganganib po ang buhay niya. Ang mama ko at ang panganay kong anak, pareho na kami lubog sa utang. mama ko laging advance ang sahod,” she added.
Trying not to tear up, Atanante said that the much needed kidney transplant will allow her daughter to have a chance to live life once again. The mother showed old photos of Vengrace where she looked health, just like any ordinary teenage girl. The teenager girl’s latest photos, however, looks nothing like her previous photos. Vengrace has lots a lot of weight due to her condition.
For those who would like to help, Olivia Atanante can be contacted through firstname.lastname@example.org and/or +971 55 376 7584
*This story was originally published on Kabayan Weekly issue March 31 – April 6, 2016