THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is providing P1.5 million subsidy to patients needing liver transplant to ease the financial burden on their families.
PCSO general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd said the amount will be of big help because a liver transplant procedure is expensive.
The PCSO has partnered with the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) and The Medical City (TMC) for kidney transplants and St. Luke’s Medical Center for liver transplants.
He said since 2011, the PCSO has provided financial assistance to TMC patients who require liver transplants.
“Conducting transplants here allowed the families of patients to save on costs for the procedure, which formerly could only be availed of abroad at the cost of millions,” Rojas said.
He explained that a patient should first be assessed to determine if he or she is qualified for the grant.
“This is to give patients better and wider coverage and more options for them to choose from in terms of their care based on their needs,” Rojas said.
Among those who benefited from the project is four-year-old Armand Gabrielle Fulgencio, who underwent a Kasai operation when he was 12 weeks old.
Despite the Kasai procedure, the child’s liver started to deteriorate, making him a candidate for liver transplantation.
The PCSO and TMC on Tuesday launched the Liver Transplant Information and Guidance Through Awareness and Support (LIGTAS).
LIGTAS aims to offer support and education to liver transplant recipients, candidates, caregivers and family members.
“By spreading awareness and knowledge about the procedure, they can help transplant patients and their loved ones explore the options open to them and cope better with their experience,” Rojas said.