Baby Chloe: The child who vomits, poops blood daily

Chloe Natalio, a two-year-old baby from Isabela, is suffering from medical conditions that cause her to vomit and poop blood once to thrice a day.

According to the Facebook community page "Help Save Baby CHLOE," the child has esophageal varices since birth.

"Esophageal varices are abnormal, enlarged veins in the lower part of the esophagus — the tube that connects the throat and stomach," defines the Mayo Clinic website. "Esophageal varices occur most often in people with serious liver diseases."

Esophageal varices develop when normal blood flow to the liver is obstructed by scar tissue in the liver or a clot. Seeking a way around the blockages, blood flows into smaller blood vessels that are not designed to carry large volumes of blood. The vessels may leak blood or even rupture, causing life-threatening bleeding."

Baby Chloe also has portal hypertention which is, according to WebMD, "an increase in the blood pressure within a system of veins called the portal venous system."

Veins coming from the stomach, intestine, spleen, and pancreas merge into the portal vein, which then branches into smaller vessels and travels through the liver. If the vessels in the liver are blocked due to liver damage, blood cannot flow properly through the liver. As a result, high pressure in the portal system develops. This increased pressure in the portal vein may lead to the development of large, swollen veins (varices) within the esophagus, stomach, rectum, or umbilical area (belly button).

"The most common cause of portal hypertension is cirrhosis of the liver," the site stated.

Among the symptoms and complications of portal hypertension are "gastrointestinal bleeding marked by black, tarry stools or blood in the stools, or vomiting of blood due to the spontaneous rupture and hemorrhage from varices" and "reduced levels of platelets, blood cells that help form blood clots, or white blood cells, the cells that fight infection."

As of Monday, June 29, the child is reportedly confined at Callang General Hospital in Santiago City, Isabela, the page posted.

Baby Chloe's parents are Rommel and Caroline Natalio. Anyone who's willing to help may contact her father at cellphone number 09161607388.