Golden Hours


Written By: Mikee Pasaporte

A young, vibrant girl full of dreams at the age of thirteen, our patient was enrolled in The Ruth Foundation program on March 3 as referred by one of our past OJTs. Her condition started with her complaints of being dizzy and having unbearable headaches, which caused her to skip school, which wasn’t normal for her, since she was a consistent honor student.

In December 2014, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and was given 3 months to live. This was her third month and she was currently confined at The Philippine General Hospital. We have offered her and her family counseling and financial assistance.

After acquiring pneumonia recently, it made it worse by having her cough, which caused enough pressure to push the tumor to a part of her brain which controls her eyesight and movement.

Weak, unresponsive, blind and paralyzed, but still loved.

Her parents recall that she never complained loudly. She just verbalized it in muffled sentences. Still her parent’s pride, I may say.

As verbalized by her mother,

“Ang mga anak hindi natin pag-aari . Galing lang sila sa katawan natin at pahiram lang sa atin ng Dios.”

These are her golden hours and we have encouraged them to make the most out of it.

She passed away before 8 am today, March 18, 2015.