MANILA, Philippines – Lynn Credo Del Rosario never thought that the antibiotic she took would land her in a hospital with a swollen face, mouth full of sores and burns on most parts of her body.
Del Rosario almost lost her eyesight too.
“Everything I see is color yellow. My eyes, my eyes,” Del Rosario said.
Doctors in Dubai said the OFW is suffering from Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS), another form of the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a result of an allergic reaction to antibiotics.
“It is a severe dermatologic or allergic reaction manifested on the skin. Hindi lang sa skin nagkakaroon ng reaction. Nagkakaroon din ng reaction sa dinadaanan ng hangin, the air passage,” said Dr. Leo Olarte, Vice President of the Philippine Medical Association.
Del Rosario, a graduate of pharmacy, was confident of the medicine that she took. But the disease particularly affects people with low resistance to antibiotics like penicillin and several sedatives.
One of those who support Del Rosario is her friend Liza Kingsley. On her Facebook page, Kingsley appealed for help for her ailing friend.
“She's very tired. She's been fighting for this for nearly a month. She's suffered severe disfigurement because of the burns to her body and more worryingly to her face,” said Kinsley in an interview with TV Patrol.
Del Rosario’s family is also deeply worried about their kin’s condition in Dubai.
“Ngayon, nagwo-worry sila, kami dito, nade-depress na po sila sa sitwasyon niya ngayon," said Del Rosario’s younger sister, Lovely Berbie.
Berbie said her sister is almost giving up.
“Lagi niyang sinasabi na sana mamatay na ako, pero syempre kami di naman papayag na ganun yung mangyari sa kanya," said Berbie.
Del Rosario’s hospital bill in Dubai ballooned to more than P4 million and she needs financial support for further treatment.
The family sought help from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) but they could only provide her with limited assistance.
“Hindi 100% na matutulungan kasi accident yung kailangan nilang tulong, since yung ate ko sakit,” said Berbie.
According to OWWA Advocacy and Public Affairs Director Rey Tayag, Philihealth can help Del Rosario as long as she’s an active member.
“Ang Philhealth ang magte-take charge dyan kung member siya ng Philhealth at kung active ang membership niya. Kung gusto niya nang umuwi, ipa-facilitate yung pag uwi,” Tayag said.
Del Rosario said the hardest and painful part is the bath therapy where the affected skin is removed.
“Wala kaming magawa kung di umiyak ng umiyak na dalawa. Mas marami kaming times na magkasama, mahirap para sa akin,” Berbie said.
The family appealed to good-hearted Filipinos for financial help for Del Rosario’s full recover. Report from Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News and TV Patrol