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We, the friends and family of Mark Magsombol, are uniting to help him recover and win his battle against chronic kidney disorder.

Mark was born and raised in Baguio City, Philippines. As a young boy, classmates remember him as an active students who engaged in many sports and school activities. He plays the guitar and knows wushu martial arts. He is kind to everyone and is also smart. He had been a consistent outstanding student in elementary school and he excelled in high school and college as well.

In late July of 2011, Mark was diagnosed with chronic glomerulonephritis, a type of kidney disorder which, in his case, seemed to have developed slowly (over a period of two to 3 years) without any symptom.

A bout of hypertension, an unusual experience for our 23-year old friend, urged him to visit the local hospital in Batangas, Philippines. After undergoing several tests, he was referred to a competent nephrologist and was confined at the Manila Doctors Hospital to undergo some more tests and therapy for the kidney disorder.

Becasue he no longer underwent biopsy, the exact cause of the disease has not been known. According to the specialist, preventing his condition from worsening, that is, delaying the end stage renal disease from further developing, has become the most immediate concern.

Our friend has been battling his medical condition for a little more than a year now—taking at least nine medicines a day to reduce high creatinine (ketosteril), prevent hypertension (aprovel) and stimulate blood production (recormon), among others. Due to his medications, he also had to give up work and some other physical activities he used to enjoy doing. He’d also been faithful in following prescribed diet.

Despite these however, latest findings reveal that from last year’s 45% kidney function, his left kidney only has 8% GFR and his right 13% GFR. According to him, he’s preparing for dialysis or kidney transplant.

Mark said he wanted to have the healthy life he once had and live longer than what dialysis or transplant can afford him. Despite the burdens of his ailment, he refuses to give up; he still fights the chronic disease with a relentless hope for recovery. That’s why he’s taking a chance on regenerative medicine, particularly stem cell treatment.

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