The Beautiful Heart Foundation, Inc. (www.beautifulheart.net) and the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (www.krislibrary.com) founded by Dr. Anacleto B. Millendez and former reporter Armand Dean Nocum, respectively, gave free ECG, diabetes check and free clinic to about a hundred old people and children living in a slum area in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City.
“We see no better way of starting the celebration of the World Heart Month than by joining up with the Kris Peace Library literacy advocacy group to give the gift of a good heart to poor people who are virtual walking time-bombs, like what me and Mr. Nocum were before our successful heart operations,” said US-based Dr. Millendez.
But Dr. Millendez explained that as US citizen, he was lucky because due to the good health care program, he only paid US $5 (P214.5) in his second angioplasty. The usually expensive procedure involves the surgical repair of a blood vessel by inserting a balloon-tipped catheter to unblock it and the placement of micro wire mesh called stents to keep it open.
“Unfortunately, here in the Philippines people just drop dead from heart attack because they are too poor to have their hearts checked. When they do get to know their conditions and they are unable to raise the up to a million of funds needed for an angioplasty or bypass operation, they are just told to go home and live their final days well with family and friends,” said Nocum, who underwent an angioplasty operation to unblock five heart veins which were 99 percent closed at the Saint Luke’s Medical Center in 2010.
Still, Nocum – a public relations executive and a car dealer – said he too counts himself lucky for the early diagnose of the disease and for having the means for the operation. Both Nocum and Dr. Millendez said they have embarked on their respective advocacies partly to thank God for their “bonus lives.”
"My heart may stop beating one day but the beautiful heart will live forever in men and women like you," Dr. Millendez wrote in his website.
Last Wednesday, Dr. Millendez brought his portable ECG machine to the Kris Library headquarters located at a slum area in Barangay Holy Spirit, one of Quezon City’s poorest barangays, to check on the condition of the poor people there. Those found with cardiac abnormalities were given medicines and advised to undertake further blood and cholesterol test; and to change their lifestyle so as not to worsen their heart conditions.
Dr. Millendez also expressed alarm that a big number of people at the barangay are suffering from diabetes which may also affect their hearts, liver and lead to their deaths. Many children were also found to be malnourished. He noted that as in the US, heart disease and diabetes are top killer diseases here.
Dr. Millendez was assisted by colleagues Dr. Susana Caseria, Dr. Vilma Ramos and Kris co-founder Annora Sahi Nocum, who is a nurse. All the three doctors promised to hold similar activities in different parts of the country soon.
Nocum said that those who want to help future medical missions as volunteers or to donate cash, medicines and other stuff for the poor may bring their donations Kris Library at No. 9, Dona Isidora Street, Don Antonio Heights, Diliman Quezon City or at Dean & Kings Legal PR and Communications Marketing firm located at Suite 300, Kimvi Realty & Dev’t Bldg, 1191 Maria Orosa St., Ermita, Manila (please check Pls call me there at Tel 3393732/Cel. 09228169510. Pls look for Jess/Rose. Tnx.http://www.krislibrary.com/contact-us.html for map and direction) or call 09195897879, 3522313 and 7030040.
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IMG 5185: US-based Dr. Anacleto Millendez adjusts his portable ECG machine as Minda Vinson, a 56-year-old resident of Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City awaits a free heart check at the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (www.krislibrary.cm) headquarters in Quezon City. Dr. Millendez, founder of The Beautiful Heart Foundation Inc., has teamed up with Kris Library to give free heart, diabetes and free clinic to poor communities all over the country as the world celebrates the Heart Month.
IMG 5457 & 5458: Young RJ Pillasar looks worried as his father Henrico Pillasar, 51, is strapped with wires by US-based Dr. Anacleto Millendez for the conduct of a free ECG test at Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (www.krislibrary.com) headquarters in Quezon City. Dr. Millendez, founder of The Beautiful Heart Foundation Inc., has teamed up with Kris Library to give free heart, diabetes and free clinic to poor communities all over the country as the world celebrates the Heart Month.