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Singer Aicelle Santos asks donations for her mother who suffered cardiac arrest : 'Mom fought for us, now we fight for her'

By AYIE LICSI Published Sep 14, 2022 4:13 pm

Miss Saigon alum Aicelle Santos-Zambrano is knocking on the doors of kind-hearted Filipinos for donations to help keep her mother alive.

Her mother, 60-year-old Leonila "Onnie" Santos, recently suffered a cardiac arrest and is in the hospital.

"We humbly ask for your support in our fight to keep our mom alive," Santos-Zambrano wrote on Facebook. "Mommy remains on a mechanical ventilator in the ICU and has not regained consciousness since her cardiac arrest three weeks ago. Please take time to read our GoFundMe page to know more about our story."

According to the page, Onnie was on the way home after getting hospitalized for COVID-19 when she had a cardiac arrest.

"They had to revive her for nine minutes in the emergency room before they could feel her pulse again," Santos-Zambrano's brother Aaron said.

Their mother is receiving anti-seizure and antibiotics intravenously, which Aaron said was costly. In addition, she is given regular hemodialysis for an existing end-stage renal disease. Onnie also needs to remain in the ICU, which is costing the family a bill amounting to nearly P1 million per week. They have been in the hospital for three weeks, as of writing.

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"This is a long and uphill battle, and we would be grateful for your assistance in getting us at least through this first month of treatment. With prayers, faith, and Mommy's fighting spirit, we are hoping that after this time, we can transfer her to less critical and more affordable facilities—or that she wakes up and we can take her home," Aaron wrote.