Another $100,000 donation comes in for Louie
Mary Ann Benitez
Seven-year-old Filipino Louie Adrielle Perez moved a little closer to receiving his liver transplant after the South China Morning Post received another donation of $100,000 yesterday.
Louie was born with the condition biliary atresia, in which his liver does not have functioning bile ducts. The bile builds up, destroying his liver. His father, Ernanie, 27, is willing to donate part of his liver. He had a CT scan yesterday and would go for a biopsy on Monday to check his donor suitability.
However, Queen Mary Hospital requires a $1 million deposit - $800,000 for a straightforward transplant and $200,000 for contingencies. Louie's parents had only managed to raise $561,000.
A Post appeal that went out for the boy on Thursday has raised at least $221,400. This included a cheque for $100,000 sent by an executive yesterday, who said: 'I shall be most grateful if you could forward it to his family.' The cheque came a day after an expatriate professional sent $100,000.
Four more donors, who also wished to remain anonymous, sent cheques totalling $21,400.
For children coming to the city in desperate need of a liver transplant, such as Louie, no two places can be as far apart as the Philippines and Macau.
Earlier this year, a one-year-old girl from Macau received part of her mother's liver, and her operation at Queen Mary Hospital was paid for by the Macau government, according to Lo Chung-mau, chair professor of hepatobiliary surgery of the University of Hong Kong.
'The Macau government has been sponsoring Macau residents to come to Queen Mary for various operations at full cost,' he said. But he said the Philippine government was unwilling to pay for treatment.
The boy and his parents went to Disneyland on Wednesday. Yesterday, his mother, Mary Jean, said Louie had been crying because he missed his younger brother, Lenardo, 3. While twice Lenardo's age, Louie is only 16kg due to stunted growth.
How to help Louie:
SCMP Charities Limited. HSBC Account no: 502-676307-001
Please fax us the bank-in slip together with your name, telephone number, mailing address and the donation amount - specifying 'Donation to Louie Perez'.
Donation by cheque - payable to SCMP Charities Limited.
Please post us the cheque together with your name, telephone number, mailing address and the donation amount - specifying 'Donation to Louie Perez'.
Donate to collection boxes at the Philippine consulate (14/F United Centre, Admiralty). For queries, ask for Vice-Consul Noel Novicio, head of Assistance to Nationals Section, telephone 2823 8505 or 2823 8509. The consulate said last week's collection was about $1,500.