Born to a teenage mother, Joela Abu has been bearing the pain of her heart ailment.
Frail for a two-year-old, Joela needs open heart surgery.
Joela's mother Mary Jane is having difficulty coping with her daughter's medical condition.
"Wala naman po akong magawa. Hindi po kasi ako nakinig sa nanay ko, kaya po ganito ang nangyari sa akin," said Mary Jane.
18-year-old Mary Jane gave birth to her daughter Joela two years ago.
As a teenage mother, she was not able to finish school. Worse, she has no means to support the medical treatment of her daughter who was born with a hole in her heart.
"Ginagawa ko naman po ang lahat kung ano po ang magagawa ko. 'Yun lang po talaga ma’am, nang-aano lang po ako ng pamasahe para po mailakad yung mga kailangan ng anak ko. Sabi ng tatay ko di daw niya po kami kayang tulungan.
Eh sana po matulungan niyo po ang aking anak," appealed Mary Jane tearfully.
The child is also undernourished, which according to doctors should be addressed first before performing open heart surgery
Mary Jane and Joela now pin their hopes on our compassion, believing that one day Joela will be able to recover and live a normal life
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