Emmylou Jun “Kaye” Somcio feared she would never be able to walk again.
But thanks to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), she has a fresh chance at a healthy and productive life.
The 20-year old student of the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City was completing 800 hours of on-the-job training in Manila when she figured in a bus accident in Makati City on December 15 last year that left her pelvis shattered, legs severely injured, and other bones and organs damaged.
MMDA personnel rushed her to the nearest hospital, Makati Medical Center, where, over a six-month stay, she underwent seven surgeries. The cost, pegged in the millions, was more than her mother, Elsie Somcio, could afford.
The PCSO then stepped in to help. “All in all,” said PCSO Vice-Chairperson and General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, “our agency extended P1 million in assistance for Kaye’s hospital bills.”
At present, Kaye still needs to undergo extensive physical therapy. However, her mother said, “PCSO’s generous help made it possible for Kaye to have the care she needed. At the hospital, they call her ‘the miracle girl’. We thank PCSO for being part of that miracle.”
Rojas said that the assistance extended to Kaye was given under the PCSO’s Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP), which subsidizes the hospitalization of qualified needy patients.
“From January to June this year, “ said Rojas, “PCSO assisted 89,580 patients under IMAP, for a total of P2.42 billion.”
Rojas asked for the public’s patronage of PCSO Lotto and other games.
“Through the funds we raise through gaming,” he added, “PCSO is able to help Kaye and others like her who need a bit of hope during times of need.”
“We thank our kababayan who play PCSO games—it is through their support that we can help patients nationwide.”