After receiving intravenous fluids for three days, Rafael started to feel a bit better. When the local doctors examined him, they concluded that he had only classic dengue, which is rarely life-threatening, so he was discharged to rest at home. However, Rafael and his family did not expect that the worst episodes regarding his health were yet to come. The night he came home from the hospital, Nancy, his mother, knew something was wrong. All night long, her son’s nose bled, and by morning he was begging to go back to the hospital.
While Rafael was taken to the capital city by ambulance, his mother accompanied him and contacted the Compassion center staff to give them the news. The center staff not only offered Rafael and Nancy spiritual comfort through prayers and phone calls, but informed Nancy that Rafael’s medical bills, meals and transportation back to the community would be covered through the Compassion Medical Fund.
Rafael arrived at the capital city's public hospital in a delicate condition and was placed in the intensive care unit (ICU) along with other patients suffering from severe dengue. Rafael’s liver had swollen due to the disease. He could barely eat solid food and was connected to an IV.
But Rafael did not give up hope in the midst of turmoil. Though he witnessed some of the patients in the ICU succumb to the terrible disease, he kept believing he would live. Rafael prayed with his mother not only for his health, but also for the rest of the patients.
“I learned in the Compassion center that God is our healer, and I had faith that I was going to get back home with my parents and two little sisters. I will not deny that my physical condition weakened due to dengue, but I remained hopeful. When I saw my mother worried next to my hospital bed, which was wrapped with a mosquito net, I told her not to cry and to keep on praying,” recalls Rafael.
Rafael spent almost three weeks in the hospital. During that time, he lost weight, had low blood pressure, was unable to walk for days due to joint pain, and endured a skin rash that spread all over his body.
The Compassion center staff prayed for Rafael and the other 50 beneficiaries who were facing classic dengue.