Victoriahanon Teen Given New Life

John Chris Ledesma, 19 and resident of Brgy. IV, Victorias City was diagnosed with Mandible Ameloblastoma.

JOHN CHRIS and Roselyn Ledesma with Mayor Wantan Palanca, Chief of Staff Dino Acuña and DSWD Representatives of the City.*

He badly needed the operation and had no one to turn to since his mother, Roselyn Ledesma, a solo parent and fruit vendor, had no means of financing his medical needs.

His father died three years ago, leaving his mother alone in facing her son’s health condition.

However, this did not stop them from seeking help hoping that one day, their prayers will be answered.

One day, John Chris caught the attention of Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca when the Mayor had coffee at the corner of his mother’s fruit stand.

Witnessing the boy’s condition and having a heart for his needy constituents, Mayor Palanca did not hesitate to offer and extend help.

Through the compassion and collective support of Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca and the City Officials, Congressman Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Cynthia Bantug Rufino, Mayor Palanca’s Chief of Staff Dino Acuña, Mary Ann Duran Dino, Makati Medical Center, PCSO, and DSWD, a miracle took place.

John Chris was the admitted to the hospital last Sept. 21 and stayed there for about 17 days and underwent the medical procedure until he was discharged last Oct. 7.

He is now in the process of recovering from the operation and next year will undergo another type of surgery.

The medical procedure and other needs amounted to almost P800,000 and with the financial assistance of everyone who cared for the boy, the operation was a huge success.

Roselyn expressed her gratitude to all who helped his son saying, “Salamat gid sa pagbuhi sang bata ko.”

A new chapter opens in the lives of John Chris and his mother and all of these were made possible by the generous gesture of the people who helped them.

There was a big smile in John Chris’ face knowing that they are given a new chance and a promising future.*


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