What is the value of a phone call?
For kids diagnosed with biliary atresia, a phone call from kindhearted people to other kindred spirits to ask for help can mean a second chance at life.
Rex Daryanani, chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (Phil) Inc. (FICCI), has proven that a phone call can save a life. In April 2017, a request made by then senator Bam Aquino to Rex proved lifesaving when the senator asked if the chamber could sponsor the airfare of baby Ariella Mendez, her caregiver and liver donor for a liver transplant to be done in a hospital in India.
“That time we needed to raise P100,000 to cover the air ticket of the child, the donor and the attendant (parent). We at the chamber made some calls. To our surprise, we were able to raise that money in five minutes on chat. Sen. Bam and myself were surprised that people actually responded quickly to that call,” Rex recalls via a Zoom interview held at the residence of FICCI president Mukesh Advani (my friend who brought his group’s advocacy to my attention).