ENT Doctors Prop up Orphans
VOL. XVIII NO. 4 (Nov 1-7, 2014)
Doctors don’t just treat and heal; they can set the tone of their next annual convention by planting fruit trees and then celebrate what they did by setting aside an amount for children in need.
That’s what 21 members of the Philippine Society of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in Northern Luzon did recently. They set aside a Sunday morning for planting rows of guava seedlings along the along the trails being negotiated by kids in their own explorations of the Busol watershed under the city’s Eco-walk environmental program for and by children.
The doctors led by consultant, Dr. Carlos Dumlao, hoped the seedlings provided by the Bureau of Plant Industry at Guisad here would grow and bear fruits for kids participating in the Eco-walk to pick and munch while exploring the city’s major water source.
Dr. Beverly Carbonell, chief resident of the department of otorhinolaryngology of the Baguio General Hospital and Nedical Center, said the specialists led by consultant, Dr. Carlos Dumlao, took on the manual task “to launch a series of activities regarding environmental issues affecting the nose and paranasal sinuses which is also the theme of this year’s annual convention in December”.
After promising to return to tend to the trees, the surgeons handed a check for P5,000 to enhance the project.
The amount helped prop up the orphaned children of Andres Realina, a security guard of the Baguio Water District who was fatally pinned by a pine tree that fell at the height of a storm in November, 2010, while he was on duty inside the watershed.
Realina is survived by his wife Marianne, children Cherry Anne, 17; and Michael Angelo, 15. The fund support paid for the initial second semester tuition fees of Cherry Anne who is in her sophomore year at Data Center, and for the two kids’ new pairs of shoes.
Over at the BGHMC, an anthropology professor who opted anonymity paid P4,400 for two dialysis sessions of Guigeon Falingchan Tumingeb, a 37-year old forestry graduate from Tocucan, Bontoc, Mt. Province who was diagnosed for kidney failure in 2011.
“She just wanted to help and didn’t want her name to be published,” noted Guigeon’s wife Vanessa.
Another anonymous soul handed over P5,000 to Jennifer Tuzon for expenses in bringing her husband, Ferdinand, a former police officer also afflicted with kidney failure, to Quezon City where he is now undergoing tests in a police medical center./Ramon Dacawi.