An Early Christmas for the kids at the National Children’s Hospital

By Mr. Richard Sy-Facunda, HS '83

On December 4, 2016, members of the Xavier School Batch 83 Foundation, their wives and family members, trooped to the National Children’s Hospital along E. Rodriguez, Quezon City to distribute gifts to the pediatric patients. This tertiary pediatric care hospital houses the second Tsikiting Center of the Foundation which was set up in 2004.

It was very heartwarming to see the mothers’ smiles as we distributed the gifts. We got to talk to a number of them asking them why their child had been confined and were surprised to learn that some of the patients have been in the hospital for more than half a year – since the birth of their child!

We noted a lot of children with hydrocephalus. This is a condition where there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebral fluid within the brain. Some of the causes of hydrocephalus include birth defects, meningitis, or brain tumor.

The hospital is undergoing renovation and the Tsikiting Center located at the second floor will now be moved to the new wing. Upon the reopening of the center, it promises to be bigger and in tandem with the goals and objectives of the hospital to better address the needs of its patients.

A short video compiled from the event can be viewed below :

And the photos below:

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