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Closed 02/04/2020

61%
£24,754
raised of £40,000 target by 205 supporters

    Weʼve raised £24,754 to pay baby Margel Mateo & his mother Marla Marie's medical bills in the Philippines, following his premature birth at 24 weeks.

    Philippines
    Funded on Thursday, 2nd April 2020

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    I am Matron of Sergeant’s boarding house at Winchester College. Mario, our much-loved, dedicated and hardworking head chef, has recently become a Grandfather for the first time. Mario and his wife Luzon, who also works at Winchester College, are from the Philippines. Sadly due to complications during pregnancy with their daughter, Marla Marie, their little grandson had to be delivered extremely prematurely on January 18th - at only 24 weeks gestation. He weighed just 11 ounces. Margel Mateo is a little fighter and, having come through infections and blood transfusions, he is slowly making progress. His weight is now 1lb 10z and he is just 34cm long. Marla Marie, has also required significant hospital treatment, due to the ongoing post-delivery complications, and has recently had to have an unplanned operation.

    There is no NHS in the Philippines and any medicine, treatments or intervention of any kind, have to be paid for in advance. Marla Marie is dependent on Mario and Luzon, who have already used their life's savings, taken a loan, and borrowed from family and friends, but their bills and debts keep mounting. Every day they have to consider what they can pay for in the hospital and what medicines they need to source from elsewhere. Every cost they can control they’ve tried to keep to the bare minimum. With weeks, if not months, of medical costs ahead of them, we wanted to do something to try and help. The debt to date is already at over £14,000. Margel Mateo is still in need of life support and will remain in an incubator for several weeks to come. His original due date was the 15th of April.

    The treatment that we in the UK, are blessed to receive completely free of charge, is sadly not the case for Margel Mateo and Marla Marie, As you can imagine this is causing huge financial distress to this lovely family. The burden has become too heavy for them to carry alone, so whatever you can give would be so gratefully received and will give this little baby and his mother the care they need. We would be forever grateful for any donation to help this family.

    Thank you.

    Claire.

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    • Claire Buckland1 month ago
      Claire Buckland

      Claire Buckland

      1 month ago

      Hello everyone. Wonderful news! Little Margel Mateo has been discharge from hospital. He still needs to have oxygen at home and be seen as an outpatient at the hospital, but for now he is at home with his parents. We are hoping, that there will be enough money to last for his ongoing care, but his and Marla’s hospital bills have been settled to date. The survival of this precious baby is down to faith and the generously of each and everyone of you. The family have asked me to thank you from the bottom of their hearts, as I do from mine. ❤️

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    • Claire Buckland3 months ago
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      Claire Buckland

      3 months ago

      Dear wonderful people, Thank you, thank you, for your generous and kind support for this lovely family. Marla Marie continues to recover and baby Mateo continues to fight on, remaining on the ventilator and in the incubator. He has required 3 more transfusions and his weight dropped just a little, but he remains stable. Please can I ask you to spread the word about this just giving page? It’s amazing that we’ve raised over 50%, but we ask for more donations and help, to raise enough to save this new and precious life. Thank you. Claire.

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    Page last updated on: 5/8/2020 17.27

    Supporters

    205

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 1, 2020

      Best wishes, Jan & Richard x

    • Sam & Lucy

      Sam & Lucy

      Apr 1, 2020

      Wishing baby Mateo all the best from the Hart Family xxx

      £40.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 1, 2020

      With very best wishes from Oficialdegui family. We really which everything goes well.

      £500.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 30, 2020

      With love and prayers from the McKinnel family

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 30, 2020

      All the best for Baby Mateo from Rigby and family

      £500.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 30, 2020

    • Andy

      Andy

      Mar 29, 2020

      £20.00

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