Online campaign launched to help sick Pinay in Singapore

Posted at 01/09/2014 5:24 PM | Updated as of 01/10/2014 3:51 PM
Photo grabbed from the Facebook of Jocelyn Suarez

MANILA - Friends of a 23-year old Filipina nurse in Singapore are trying to raise money to help her family pay hospital bills after she was diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder called Stevens - Johnson syndrome last November.

Jocelyn Suarez, a staff nurse at the Changi Prison, became sick with Stevens - Johnson syndrome, which caused multi-organ failure. She was put on 24-hour dialysis and a respirator.

She is now on the road to recovery but her family still needs money to pay the hospital. Her hospital bills are estimated to reach over S$100,000 (P3.5 million).

It may also take her several months before she fully recovers from the disorder.

On her Facebook wall, Suarez expressed her appreciation to all those who continue to pray and support her.

"Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers and love. I can't believe this much support. I love y'all for it," she wrote on January 4.

According to the website of the Mayo Clinic, Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare, serious disorder in which the skin and mucus membranes react severely to a medication or infection.

Suarez is the eldest in the brood of 6. She and her engineer father serve as the family's breadwinners in Singapore.

Her friends set up an online campaign at indiegogo.com, a crowdfunding platform, to raise money for her.

The online campaign stated that her hospital bills in December is at S$80,000 (P2.8 million) and is estimated to reach over S$100,000 (P3.5 million).

"There is an estimated month of hospitalization left before she can be discharged, and months of further medication and treatment before she makes a full recovery. The family needs all the help that they can get to pay these bills," the online campaign said.

It also added that Suarez's parents had used up their personal savings, insurance policies and even taken out loans.

As of posting, the campaign has raised S$24,575 (around P863,455). The online campaign will run until January 30.

Aside from the online campaign, her friends also held an indie fest fundraising event called HELP JOCELYN last January 4. The event collected S$3,158.