'Yanyan' Lariba seeking aid to battle Leukemia

Published January 26, 2018, 4:59 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ernest Hernandez

Ian Lariba (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)
Ian Lariba (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)
Facing her biggest battle against Leukemia, the country’s first Table Tennis Olympian Ian “Yanyan” Lariba had surgery to suppress the spread of the cancer cells in her brain and spine.

Now, she is personally seeking assistance to help her recover from a leukemia relapse. This was relayed through a post from DLSU Sports Twitter account.

“I am IAN NIETES LARIBA, 23 years old and a member of the Philippine Olympic table tennis team. I was diagnosed to have acute myelogenous leukemia in May 2017.

Since then I have multiple admissions at St. Lukes Medical Center for work-up and treatment (chemotherapy). I successfully underwent stem cell transplant last October 7, 2017. I was discharged last October 23, 2017, and had regular follow-up consultations and laboratory tests with my attending physician.

However, on the first week of January 2018, I started having episodes of headache and vomiting. These symptoms persisted which prompted my current hospital admission. Workup revealed that my leukemia recurred and has spread to my brain and spinal cord. I also started having blurring of vision and weakness on the left side of my body. I am currently undergoing chemotherapy and will need multiple laboratory examinations and blood transfusions.

I appeal to your kind hearts for any assistance that you can give to help me with my fight against this disease. I also humbly ask for your prayers so I may overcome this challenge. Thank you.”

Donations can be sent to her bank account: Ian N. Lariba, BDO savings account number: 0045-8045-9965, Vito Cruz, Taft branch.

Lariba is not entertaining visitors any hospital visitors for now due to her condition.