Yvan’s Journey to Life

Whenever I remember those days Yvan is closer to death as the doctor say. I can’t hide the feeling of being lost and somewhere asking myself why this is happening to my son. But what parents can do is ilaban ang anak. And we did not gave up on Yvan. Thankful to all our family, friends and even people who are living outside the country  helped. I will always be thankful and grateful to God for giving life to my son.

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Ang aming sandigan

Doctors said kung mabuhay man ang anak ko, he will suffer until he grows up. Why? Because he has Broncho Pulmonary Dysplasia, “BPD involves abnormal development of lung tissue. It most often affects premature babies, who are born with underdeveloped lungs.” Dysplasia” means abnormal changes in the structure or organization of a group of cells. The cell changes in BPD take place in the smaller airways and lung alveoli, making breathing difficult and causing problems with lung function.”

BPD is most often due to respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). RDS in turn is the result of a specific problem with lung development. The lungs of some premature infants can’t yet make enough surfactant. Surfactant is a liquid that coats the inside of the lungs and helps keep them open. These infants need replacement surfactant and may also need to be put on a ventilator (breathing machine).”

What causes Broncho Pulmonary Dysplasia?

  1. Prematurity – babies who are born more than 10 weeks early and weigh less than 4.5 pounds (2,000 grams). These babies are more likely to develop RDS (also called hyaline membrane disease), which is a result of tissue damage to the lungs from being on a mechanical ventilator for a long time.

That time, (year 2012) one vial of surfactant costs P 30,000.00, and they said, kung hindi mabigyan si Yvan, his lungs will collapse and that will cause his death. We are just given 24 hours to provide I think 2-4 vials. And because we don’t have enough money to buy for at least one vial, we seek help from family and friends, we received a lot of help when my friend and kumare posted our condition to Facebook. Then, we have enough money to buy unfortunately surfactant is not available in any drugstore. Bumagsak mundo namin ng husband ko.Yes, there’s none sa Mercury Drug store, and lahat ng pharmacy sa hospital ay sinuyod ko 24/7 just to find that vial but we failed.

Kneeled down to God and talked to him, kung kukunin niya na si Yvan, hindi po namin kakayanin. Please tulungan niyo po si Yvan to survive kahit wala na yung surfactant.

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And a MIRACLE PLAYER was answered, Yvan survived without the surfactant. This was taken when he was 2-3 weeks old. 

Suddenly,  infection was seen through, he had sepsis and blood infection that might cause serious effect on his internal organs. In this case, God really tested our faith and loved for our child. We seek help for blood donations, not just red blood plasma, but he needed white blood (frozen) and I need to come every four hours to Department of Health in Manila to reserve for that since it is rarely donated. Days passed by and things don’t really turn well and all those sufferings we ask God to be with our son. Our little man Yvan was a fighter and whenever I hold his hands, he responds. That we promised we won’t let go of him whatever it takes.

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 Thank you to all my Smart Parenting Mommy friends who stand by me during this struggle. Some I did not able to take photos 🙁

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Celebration cake given by his God parents. He survived! Umabot na po siya ng 1 month. 🙂 God is great and have mercy.

After two months of staying in Pasay City General Hospital, against medical advice we bring Yvan home, whatever happens I know God is with my son. Days, weeks and months pass by. Alam kong ramdam ni Yvan na hindi kami bibitaw.

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Weaning Moments 🙂

God is truly merciful and He knows how much we loved our little man and He never fails. With continuous prayers, medical treatment, check-up, blood examinations and oxygen support and loved we received from many people, our son survived. More photos you can see here

What is Yvan’s current condition right now? 

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Our little man celebrated his 4th birthday last April 2016, Praise GOD!

At the age of 4, yes he don’t easily gain weight because of BPD’s complication. But we are grateful that he is now alive and making us happy and inspired. He was diagnosed to have Bilateral Hearing Loss and this was the disability that the doctor was talking about before. He is now using a hearing aid and coping.

What God wants us to know?

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 ESV

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:2

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” Matthew 21:21

If not for love, prayers we have been receiving, Yvan won’t be here right now. I don’t regret losing anything up to the last cent that we have, debts here and everywhere, what matters is that my son is ALIVE and FIGHTING. I am thankful to our creditors that they have patience and soon we’ll be settled. 

Thoughts to share

Family that suffers together, stays stronger.

Money is just money, kayang kitain yan, but the life you’ll loose, hindi na.

Always pray for strength and courage.  “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.” [PHP 4:13]

Never ever give up.  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

God always provide.  The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him may your hearts live forever! Psalm 22:26

To our little warrior, Yvan

You know how much mom and dad loves you. We are sorry this happened. We will always be here for you and everytime I thought of leaving this earth, iniisip ko kayo nila kuya and ate kung pano na kayo pag nawala ako? I know God won’t allow me to go first so I can take care of you, my children. I am sorry if sometimes may pagkukulang si mommy. As much as we wanted to give you the most things you needed, rough times came in. We will try our best to make things well and I hope you’ll aways continue to be a fighter and make this family united. You are very much loved and blessed anak. Thank you for being our inspiration to life and you’ve touched many lives.

Words may not be enough anak, but we love you more than anything this world can offer.

Kapit lang tayo anak,

Mommy

Thank you Daddy for all the hard work, sacrifices you did for our son, up to this time you are doing your best kahit wala ng tulugan just to give our children good life and continues with the treatment. I love you more for that.

Sources of medical information: Kidshealth, Healthline, Bible verses

 

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23 thoughts on “Yvan’s Journey to Life

  • This is such a heart-warming story. I cannot imagine how difficult it must been for you sis to see your baby suffer like this. But, yes, the Almighty has His own plans and reasons. It was indeed a miracle to watch him grow before your eyes now. Another reason to celebrate and thank the Lord for his grace!

  • Your son looks like you 🙂 I cried while reading your post. So happy that your son is a fighter and that you and your family did not lose hope when told otherwise. Prayers really do work miracles.

  • Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story! I would like to congratulate you and your hubby for being the best parents to Yvan. Nothing is impossible tlaga kay God. God Bless your family 🙂

  • Praise God for this wonderful miracle! You and your beautiful son are truly warriors. As long as a family stays together, anything is possible through fhe strength of prayer. ❤️ All hearts and hugs out to you sis.

  • Indeed praise God! You are so lucky to have Yvan as a son as he is lucky to have you as his mother. You have each other’s love and care. Of course, the whole family is there. God bless you and your family — always.

  • Oh wow, he’s a fighter indeed! And he’s almost the same age as my son – he turned 4 on March 26th and also survived a medical ordeal when he was born. It was nothing compared to your son’s condition though! God is good!

  • OMG! The first part made me cry coz I can totally relate with the experiences both my sons had gone through during infancy.

    The second part made me tear up again but this time with utmost joy coz your precious one survived and is now a healthy 4 year old.

    God indeed sometimes sends us trials but always remember to pray specifically and intently and for sure He won’t fail you.

    May God Bless your whole family!

  • Praise God! I’m happy that Yvan is doing well and you guys got over such a tough situation. I just can’t imagine how you have felt during those times but your faith in the Lord made everything better.

  • God is good! He hears everyone’s prayers. Your son is such a strong one. With or without challenges, we parents have to remain strong ang courageous for our children.

  • Just pray and pray lang everything will be okay, we need to trust him all the way and basta kasama family din. Your son will feel the love and support kaya he is strong,

  • I’m so blessed by your life Yvan. Indeed, God has a plan for your life. Keep trusting Him. God is always after our hearts and not our comfort. You are blessed beyond measure. Happy Birthday.

  • Nothing is impossible with God! I’m amazed by Your courage and how you did not give up on us and now look at him? I can see that God is good to him every day. May God bless your family, sis!

  • “Money is just money, kayang kitain yan, but the life you’ll lose, hindi na.” This is so true, so fight lang ng fight sa buhay. We just need to remember that God is much bigger than all our problems and challenges in life.

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