Over the years I have made several friends among the medical profession, and in November a surgeon friend asked if we at Bahay ng Pag-asa would be able to help one of his patients Nida.

Dr. Jade told me that Nida was 56 years old and has breast cancer she should have had the surgery six months earlier but the family could not afford the operation.

Dr. Jade said that if Bahay ng Pag-asa could fund the operation he would operate free of charge… he is a good friend… and that the costs would be reduced if he operated in the Government hospital…

Hospitals and medicines are not usually free in the Philippines. I of course agreed to pay for the operation which went ahead a few days later.

I will tell you at another time about the Government hospital, the lack of facilities and supplies, and how I had to ride on the back of a motorbike with a syringe of anaesthetic in my hand before they could start the operation!

We are hoping and praying that Nida will make a full recovery, but the cancer was very far advanced and Dr. Jade is concerned that it might have spread.

Please remember Nida in your prayers.

Part 2


I am very sad to report the latest news of Nida.

Bahay ng Pag-Asa was approached by Dr Jade in December ’05 requesting assistance for this patient.
He said that Nida should have undergone surgery in June ’05 but was unable to find funding.

The cancer had started to bleed and needed immediate treatment.

We agreed to fund the operation which was successfully carried out three days later.

Unfortunately the cancer had spread so far that Nida sadly died four months later.

Eternal grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her may she rest in peace Amen…