Last December 23rd, the night before Christmas Eve, my 28-year-old cousin, Rhandee Sarmiento, experienced the worst nightmare of his life. His apartment in Cainta, Rizal, PH was engulfed by fire, and he suffered 2nd-degree burn for most of his body (60%), including his face. He was alone in his studio-type apartment when the incident happened. Working on night shift, he woke up at 9:30PM to prepare for work, and turned on the stove to heat water, unaware that there was already loose connection between their stove and the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank. With the gas tank valve open while he was asleep, significant volume of gas may have already escaped and filled up his unit even before he woke up. The ignition from the burner suddenly caused the whole room to fill up with flames, with the explosion felt in the whole building. Luckily, he was able to run outside, but his body was already engulfed in flames. He was immediately sent to a nearby clinic in Cainta around 11PM. Rhandee was transferred to Metro Antipolo Hospital afterwards, and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for seven days now. He is still in the process of recovering, heartbeat not yet back to the normal rate, but he is conscious, can already smile, and can already communicate. He has been operated on thrice already, as blood is not able to circulate through his arms and legs. We are expecting four (4) more operations, usual for his case, according to his attending physicians. The running hospital bill as of Dec 30th is already PHP 460,000 (not yet including Doctors' Fees). Most of his medicines range from PHP 2,600 to PHP 6,300 per day, per medicine. His health card from work can only possibly cover up to PHP 100,000, depending on the coverage terms. Rhandee is working as a reports analyst in a BPO/contact center, his wife has just also started working recently, and they have a 3-year-old son. His immediate family from Angat, Bulacan, is living in very modest means, and is worried that they will not be able to cover for all the medical expenses for Rhandee. Their current resources has not even amounted to a third of the hospital's running bill. The family is now seeking financial assistance from Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), PhilHealth, Rhandee's employer, and other resources. The possibility of transferring Rhandee to a public hospital is also being explored. However, the funds that may be raised may still not be enough, as Rhandee is expected to stay in the ICU for a few more days, before being transferred to a regular room. We are knocking on your doors to help Rhandee successfully recover from this unexpected accident. Any amount you can give is a huge help for Rhandee and his family. You may donate via PayPal, credit card, or debit card by clicking on the Donate button. For direct bank transfers, you may refer to the PH bank accounts below. Please send us an SMS with your name and email address when you deposit, so we can acknowledge. Metrobank Account #: 066-3-734-15060-7 Account Name: Joal Christian C. Sarmiento Contact number: 0909-848-5945 BDO Account #: 0079-4011-0850 Account Name: Ma. Gina R. Sarmiento Contact number: 0998-862-7466 Citibank Account #: 1400-178-531 Account Name: Mary Jacqueline Sombillo Contact number: 0917-580-4129 No family is ever prepared for an unfortunate incident such as this, but we are simply thankful that Rhandee is alive, and is recuperating well. Without a strong will, and a cheerful disposition, he may not be in the position he is in now. As the saying goes, money cannot buy happiness, but it can, indeed, SAVE A LIFE. Thank you for your generous hearts, and may God bless you a hundredfold! Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas season and a Prosperous New Year.