Friday, March 13, 2009

Family Emergency - Death In My Family

As you noticed, I haven't been posting and updating my website for the past few days! On Feb. 23, I had to fly back in the Philippines due to a family emergency. My brother ARNIEL (Cocoy) was in critical condition and eventually died on Feb. 27, 2009. He was diagnosed with a deadly disease Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) a year ago and had developed Liver Cirrhosis. He died at the age of 35. He left 3 young children and wife. It is so sad to even think that the kids (my nieces and nephew) are now going through hard times at a very young ages and could not believe that they lost their loving father! My brother is such a very generous man, kind and very respectful. Died at a very young age it is so difficult to think about and accept the fact that he is no longer with us anymore! I am so torn apart with his death...! I missed him so much...!!!

My Two younger brothers, (from left) Cocoy... Myself... and Adam...

His real name is ARNIEL aka "Cocoy"

Cause of my brother's death:

Hepatitis C was the most common virus contracted through transfusions of blood or blood-clotting factors. Millions of patients were transfused with blood infected with this virus in the years before the virus was identified. Today, all blood is tested, and people are highly unlikely to receive contaminated blood. However, hepatitis C is still acquired by other means. These include needles shared by IV drug users, needles used in tattoo parlors, and needle-stick injury in health-care workers. Hepatitis C can also be transmitted sexually and can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy and delivery. In some studies, more than 20 percent of cases had no obvious identifiable risk factor for infection, and these remain a mystery.

The liver is an incredibly resilient organ, but unfortunately it isn’t indestructible. Sometimes the damage that occurs as a result of excessive alcohol, a virus, or some other chronic disease overwhelms the liver’s capacity to function. Healthy liver cells are destroyed, and scarring occurs. Scarring, known as fibrosis, is the liver’s effort to keep the damage done by alcohol or the hepatitis C virus (HCV), for example, contained. But, scar tissue can block the blood flow through the liver, resulting in an inability of the liver to perform its normal duties. If alcohol, or HCV, is not eliminated from the body, scarring becomes extensive. The liver becomes rock hard and nodular (lumpy). This condition is known as cirrhosis. Although the presence of cirrhosis does not signify that health problems will inevitably develop, a person with cirrhosis should be aware that he is at an increased risk of suffering many serious complications.

May God blessed his soul...

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